Christological Controversies: Christ Over Creeds

This course details the beliefs of the church fathers before and after Nicaea, while providing philosophical objections to orthodox Christology.
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christological controversies

Christological Controversies is an advanced course that aims to provide a detailed account of who Christ was said to be by the church fathers before and after Nicaea. We also examine the church councils that shaped “orthodoxy” and advance philosophical objections to what became known as orthodox Christology.



In this course, we will provide students with primary source material from well-known church fathers to establish the hidden heresies amongst the so-called orthodox. Secondary source material from Christian scholarship is utilised as supporting evidence for the interpretation of key texts cited. How is it that church councils appealed to the tradition passed down by the fathers, but at the same time implicitly condemned many of them? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in detail throughout the course. 



How could God become a man? The perennial question brought before Christians. The theologian Herbert Maurice Relton said, “The Person of Christ is the bankruptcy of logic”. Why exactly is that the case? Learn how to formalise this intuitive uneasiness into several powerful arguments against Jesus being the God-man. 



This course will:



  • Equip students with the ability to engage Christians on a high level, while inviting them to Islam. 
  • Supply students with a fresh, supplementary approach in providing dawah to Christians.

Jake Brancatella

Jake Brancatella aka The Muslim Metaphysician is a revert to Islam from Catholicism. Jake holds a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and is trained in Analytic philosophy. He also has studied various Islamic sciences such as fiqh, usul al fiqh, and aqeedah with traditional ulema. Jake is also a public speaker and debator that typically debates Christian scholars on the highest level.