unseats the wonder of Emmanuel, God-with-us.
The historical Jesus acts as a corrective to that incipient docetism
Jovinian, Erasmus argued, tried to resuscitate the heresy of Basilides -- an obscure theologian of the second century associated with Gnosticism, Docetism
, and metempsychosis -- whom Jerome denounced as "the teacher of licentiousness and of the most shameful embraces," someone, who by being revived in Jovivian's work, gave the Latin language its own heresy.
Saul Trinidad and Juan Stain, in their study of Protestant preaching in Latin America, observe: "Protestant preaching has by and large been characterized by a functional Docetism
in its Christology.
But even in its officially sanctioned forms, the trinitarianism of the classical tradition ruled out as plainly heretical the docetism
, monarchianism and monophysitism that would have justified any such bald statement of Christ's divinity as the slogan "Jesus is God".
In such docetism
, we wrote, "Jesus is made irrelevant to the concerns of this world and thus trivialized by a theology that supposedly makes him central.
Ultimately, an ecclesiology without such regional structures of authority is an atemporal ecclesiology, tending toward Docetism
There can be no civilization on the basis of unreality, ofwhat we have called Docetism
The earliest identifiable heresy is Docetism
, forerunner of Gnosticism, whose adherents regarded the humanity and earthly passion of Christ as more apparent than real; they are chastised in such passages as I John 4.
obliterates the significance of the Cross by demoting it to a mere way station along the divine progress of Jesus.
A theology of the polis that is not mere docetism
would then have to articulate the stance of faith in relationship to that conflict.
The heresy was called Gnosticism that, in one of its earliest forms, Docetism
, denied Jesus' real humanity and, thus, his actual suffering and death.
Gnosticism had much in common with an even earlier heresy, Docetism
(from a Greek word that means "to seem").
That God equals Christ is no more true than that Christ equals human; both lead to the earliest of Christian heresies, docetism
John, his favorite Gospel writer, is already more theologian than historian, using his portrayal of Jesus' life and teaching to combat, in the first Christian century, the incipient heresy of Docetism