Chalcedonian Christology and the Concept of Pure Nature

Thomas Joseph White, OP

Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)

This essay discusses both the ontological dimensions of the mystery of the Incarnation, and the philosophical implications of classical Christology. Can we speak truly of Christ the person of the Son as both true God and true man if we are incapable of positive philosophical and natural discourse concerning both the divine nature and human nature, that essence in virtue of which we are each human, and in virtue of which God who became human is one in nature with us?

This lecture was originally livestreamed on December 3, 2021 as part of the Grace & Nature: Contemporary Controversies Conference held at the Angelicum in Rome. All of the talks for this conference are available on our YouTube page in this playlist.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., is the Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. He is the author of various books and articles including Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology (Sapientia Press, 2011), The Incarnate Lord, A Thomistic Study in Christology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2015) Exodus (Brazos Press, 2016), The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism (Catholic University Press, 2017), and The Trinity: On the Nature and Mystery of the One God (Catholic University Press, 2022). He is co-editor of the journal Nova et Vetera, a Distinguished Scholar of the McDonald Agape Foundation, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.