Pawl,T.,""Conciliar Christology and the Problem of Incompatible Predications"", Scientia et Fides, Vol.3, N.2 (2015), pp.85-106
In this article I canvas the options available to a proponent of the traditional
doctrine of the incarnation against a charge of incoherence. In particular, I consider
the charge of incoherence due to incompatible predications both being true of the
same one person, the God-man Jesus Christ. For instance, one might think that anything
divine has to have certain attributes – perhaps omnipotence, or impassibility.
But, the charge continues, nothing human can be omnipotent or impassible. And so
nothing can be divine and human. So Christ is not both God and man, contrary to the
traditional doctrine of the incarnation. To do so, first, in Section II, I will present the
problem as a deductively valid argument. I then, in that section, go on to show that the
proponent of traditional Christology should grant all but one premise of the argument.
In the remaining sections I will canvas possible solutions to the problem. In Section
III I discuss three ways to deny Premise 3 of the forthcoming argument. These ways
include a Kenotic response, qua-modification (in four versions), and finally a response
that accepts the compatibility of the allegedly incompatible predicates.