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« on: December 16, 2012, 08:53:01 PM »

I am confused about this part of Athanasian Creed

"God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world."
"not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person."

Does this two parts means Christ have two natures?

But, also, this part of creed means Christ have one nature
"For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ"
Human have one nature, so, if the incarnation is like unity of soul and body of human, Christ have one nature also.

Someone can explain this?
Thanks very much!
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 09:29:10 PM »

First, although it is called the Athanasian Creed, it actually comes from the Latin West, and has nothing to do with Pope St. Athanasius nor the OO, except for drawing inspiration from him.

Since you asked them, I'll let the OO comment on the substance of the clauses in question.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 09:39:17 PM »

Forgive my ignorance, when i saw the name "athanasian", i thought this is written by St Athanasius of Alexandria
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 09:41:01 PM »

Forgive my ignorance, when i saw the name "athanasian", i thought this is written by St Athanasius of Alexandria
Don't worry.  Many for centuries thought so as well.

It's not that terrible a Creed.  It's just not a universal one.
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