Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The general thrust of contemporary christological investigation is the existential concern of "who is Christ? what is his the world, in creation, in life?" Many theologians are no longer content with the Patristic and Conciliar language and thought patterns. They see those formulae as limiting discussion on the topic. Earlier generations of theologians, on the other hand, saw them as a source for new questions and insights about who Christ is. The thirteenth-century debate on "whether, if mankind had not sinned, Christ would have become incarnate," arising out of their consideration of the implications of the Nicene and Chalcedonian definitions, may seem "sterile"1 to some theologians today, but it is the basis for future theological development on the primacy of Christ.