When we think of the early days of Christianity, there is a tendency to think about our ancestors in the faith in today’s terms. We may think they met in churches when they actually met in homes. That every doctrine that we hold to today was laid out the same back then. Unfortunately, this line of thinking could not be further from the truth. The early Church dealt with many issues, and one of those issues was over Christology.
When it comes to Christology the early Church specifically had to deal with Adoptionism and Docetism. These are two Christologies that were heretical in nature, but they were attractive to people because they answered some lingering questions that had not yet been answered. Before those answers are discussed it is prudent to define these two terms.
Adoptionism is a Christological belief that Jesus was adopted as the son of God either…
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