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the heretical doctrine (associated with the Gnostics) that Jesus had no human body and his sufferings and death on the cross were apparent rather than real

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Stroumsa, "Christ's Laughter: Docetic Origins Reconsidered," Journal of Early Christian Studies 12 (2004) 267-88; and Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, "Why Did Jesus Laugh?
Arranged in sections on metaphysics, logos-theology, and anthropology, they are the existence of eternal matter and the eternity of ideas, belief in many worlds before Adam was created, two logoi of the father, the assumption that the Son of God is a creature, the docetic view of Christ, the transmigration of souls, the creation of Eve from Adam in a blasphemous and shameful way, and sexual encounters of angels with human women and the children conceived.
leadership, bishops and resistance to their authority, the docetic "opponents," and social issues.
To say simply "Jesus is God" (and so God is Jesus) is a form of docetic heresy which argues Jesus was not human, and is identified with Apollinaris who denied Christ's humanity.
Nicol accused Bosch of a Docetic ecclesiology: his exposure to the kind of Heilsgeschichte views of a theologian like Oscar Cullmann, where salvation is contained within the church and sacred history is detached from the general historical continuum, allied to his espousal of the church as an "alternative community," a tendency that owed much to J.
21) Against a Docetic scheme that viewed Jesus as merely assuming a celestial body in the Incarnation, the extra calvinisticum guaranteed that Christ was understood and believed as being "flesh of our flesh.
In the early centuries of the church this Incarnational ambivalence--discomfort in imagining a fully human Jesus--was observed in the Gnostic and Docetic heresies.
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 Christology.
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.
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.
In chapter two, he disputes the judgment of Kasemann and others that historical criticism is the only way to prevent a docetic Christology.
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 Christology?
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.