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I. Christianity – II. Islam

I. Christianity

1. Early Church

Docetism (Gk δοκέω/dokéō, “to seem”) can be defined as any type of Christology that (a) limits the true humanity of the Son of God Jesus Christ through the assumption of a body of special quality, that (b) teaches the suffering and death of Jesus Christ as merely apparent, or that (c) characterizes the humanity of Christ as an accident that does not belong to the core of his transcendent person and thus d…

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Löhr, Winrich and van Ess, Josef, “Docetism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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