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Two Natures Doctrine
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[German Version]

The starting point for the emergence of the two natures doctrine in the Early Church was the question how to understand and speak about the incarnation of the Son of God as the basis for human redemption from sin and reconciliation (Reconciliation/Atonement) with God. Against docetic positions (Docetism), it was necessary to emphasize the true humanity of Jesus Christ. At the same time, it was important to insist on the full divinity of Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God, so as to be able to understand him as a revealer of God (Christology: II).

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Nüssel, Friederike, “Two Natures Doctrine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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