Human Person Essay - Alexis Denigh Knappenberger Human...

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Alexis Denigh Knappenberger Human Person 1011 Dr. T. Moody April 15, 2008 The Jesus Dilemma: An Analysis of Christ and the Necessity of Free Will in the Person The search for the truth of personhood has made successes out of philosophers and theologians alike, and madmen out of more than a few. Philosopher Lynne Rudder Baker declares that “human persons are a unique part of nature…an ontologically unique part.” 1 In the midst of finding a definition that includes all persons yet excludes anything else, we are drawn to the Christian anomaly of Jesus Christ. Scores of texts written on this figure attempt to understand this seemingly mythical and yet purportedly human personage. The Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) met to provide a definition of the person of Jesus Christ 2 to resolve this matter. This definition – subsequently adopted as the primary definition for Christ in Catholicism and Protestantism – proposed the perplexing idea of Jesus as 100 percent divine and 100 percent human in all things except sin . Assuming this is an accurate depiction of Jesus, I submit that the Chalcedonian definition is both faulty and self-contradictory; sin is necessary and fundamental for the definition of the human person. The lack of, and, indeed, inability to sin, exhibits a lack of personhood. In a bivalent perspective, Jesus was not a person. 1 Baker, Lynne Rudder. Persons and the Natural Order p. 263 in Persons: Human and Divine . edit. Van Inwagen, Peter and Zimmerman, Dean. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2007 2 “We all with one voice confess our Lord Jesus Christ to be one and the same Son, perfect in divinity and humanity, truly God and truly human, consisting of a rational soul and a body, being of one substance with the Father in relation to his divinity, and being of one substance with us in relation to his humanity, and is like us in all things apart from sin. (Hebrews 4:15)” from McGrath, Alistair E. Theology: The Basics Second Edition Blackwell Publishing, Malden, 2008
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St. Thomas derived a definition for the nature of sin from his thoughts on evil:
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