chalcedoniancreed

The Chalcedonian
Creed

Introduction

The council of Chalcedon (451) met to resolve the Monophysite (a heresy
saying Christ had one nature) controversy in which the Eutychians refused
to confess the existence of two natures in Christ. It summarizes the Church’s
teaching on the natures of Christ in negative terms. This Council asked,
“in what sense was Jesus truly man?” And, “How was He both
God and man?” Many answers had been given: Apollinarianism destroyed
Christ’s true manhood by saying He did not have a “rational
soul,” Nestorianism destroyed the unity of His person by radically
separating His divine nature from His human nature and making two Christ’s,
and Eutychianism destroyed the distinction of the two natures by teaching
that Christ’s human nature was absorbed into His divine nature.

“We,
then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men
to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same
perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly
man, of a rational soul and body; consubstantial with the Father
according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to
the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before
all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter
days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the
Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ,
Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly,
unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of the natures
being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property
of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and
Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and
the same Son, only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ,
as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning him,
and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of
the holy Fathers has handed down to us.”