Stroumsa, "Christ's Laughter: Docetic
Origins Reconsidered," Journal of Early Christian Studies 12 (2004) 267-88; and Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, "Why Did Jesus Laugh?
and] their disdain for the physical led them to a docetic
, disembodied view of Christ" (Lee, 1987, p.
In chapter 5, Hunter traces how Jovinian's views on Mary's virginity likewise stood in continuity with earlier writers who adamantly opposed the idea that such tenets could provide support for a docetic
It explains the origins of Buddha's deification, his docetic
conception and other Buddholgical speculations, which led him to become an objet of highest reverence, adoration devotion.
Yet it doesn't beam Jesus up out of the weary world into blissful, Docetic
communion with the divine, as our modern eschatological fantasies of salvation-as-escape would script it.
More specifically, he singles out Eusebius and Hilarius, denotes their respective interpretations of the fourth Servant Song as particularly problematic `usurpations' of the Old Testament text, and evaluates Hilarius' docetic
understanding as a dangerous misappropriation of that text's original meaning.
For these reasons, revelation understood as a living, personal event in history, means that inspiration may not be conceived of as some sort of Docetic
reality of divine proclamation and human transcription, where the actual circumstances of the experience and proclamation of the event are ignored.
This happens throughout, but see, for example, McDermond's careful treatment of the nature of the secessionists' Christology (31-32) versus his characterization of their type of docetic
Gnosticism in the first full paragraph of page 36.
One of the greatest temptations in the Western church, given the way it has been influenced by Greek dualism, is the Docetic
heresy--worshiping a Christ who is divine, but not fully human.
In chapter two, he disputes the judgment of Kasemann and others that historical criticism is the only way to prevent a docetic
The New Testament is rife with warnings against Gnostic and Docetic
heresies where the body is degraded and the "spirit" is upheld.
Does this approach take us in the direction of a Docetic
We will, if we take the incarnation seriously, avoid any docetic
tendencies which regard the humanity of Jesus as more illusory than real.
We advocated a Christ-centered ethic, but rejected docetic
Christologies that either sentimentalize Jesus or focus on Christ's divinity to the exclusion of his humanity.
Now I would submit that the complicated argumentation of Ignatius in Ephesians is directed precisely against people like these Gnostics with their understanding of initiation, their neglect of the eucharist, their ethical and spiritual elitism and their docetic