Chalcedon
(06-03-2011, 08:22 PM)randomtradguy Wrote: I guess I am wrong but I always assumed that God was soul. S. John says God is Spirit; I always assumed that when man was made in the image of God, that that meant that people had free will, intellect, and love, and that was because we had the life-breath of God in us, which I would call the soul. So animals can't have complete free will, or love, because they have no soul, or life-breath of God. So I always thought of it as Christ was pure soul and took a body. Now this contradicts S. Athanasius as well as it sounds tewahido (what the Copts believe, miaphysite...I think)

Our Lord did not simply take on a human body–he took on a human nature.  Further, our Lord's human nature was perfect; the humanity he assumed had both a body and a rational, immortal soul.  Animals have a kind of soul, but it is neither rational nor immortal.
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(06-03-2011, 08:22 PM)randomtradguy Wrote: I guess I am wrong but I always assumed that God was soul. S. John says God is Spirit; I always assumed that when man was made in the image of God, that that meant that people had free will, intellect, and love, and that was because we had the life-breath of God in us, which I would call the soul. So animals can't have complete free will, or love, because they have no soul, or life-breath of God. So I always thought of it as Christ was pure soul and took a body. Now this contradicts S. Athanasius as well as it sounds tewahido (what the Copts believe, miaphysite...I think)

God is spirit in the sense that he is immaterial.  As opposed to material, He is spiritual.  The word soul is taken in a limited context as the immaterial life principle in all living beings.  But the Life Principle Itself transcends the boundaries of the soul which is just a limited participation of the Eternal and Infinite Life Principle.   

Thus... we do not say "the soul of God" or "God has a soul"... but we do say that God is Spirit ITSELF.  Please recall Genesis I-1.  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD HOVERED OVER THE WATERS."  The Spirit of God is that Everlasting Principle of Life.  The Spirit of God is the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity.  The Spirit of God is The Holy Ghost.  The Sanctifyer.  In a brief analysis we have God The Father Who Is, God the Son Who is Everlasting Thought, and God The Holy Ghost who is Everlasting Will and Love.

Summing up:  Limitless Spirit is God.  Soul is participation.  Spirit is Participant.

Soul is limited spirit.  The Divine Spirit is Infinite Love.   
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A former city on the Bosporus in Asia Minor, now part of Istanbul...The Council of Chalcedon was a church council held from 8 October to 1 November, 451 AD, at Chalcedon (a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor), on the Asian side of the Bosporus. This was a highly influential council and marked a key turning point in the Christological debates that broke apart the church of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 5th century..Chalcedony (play /kælˈsɛdəni/) is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals quartz and moganite.[2] These are both silica minerals, but they differ in that quartz has a trigonal crystal structure, while moganite is monoclinic. Chalcedony's standard chemical structure (based on the chemical structure of quartz) is SiO2..The Council of Chalcedon, convened in 451, is widely considered to be the most important of the first four general councils of the early Christian Church. It was here that the divisive question over the nature of and personhood of Jesus Christ was finally decided, leading an important confession of faith which continues in use today. .
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(06-04-2011, 07:05 AM)prack Wrote: A former city on the Bosporus in Asia Minor, now part of Istanbul...The Council of Chalcedon was a church council held from 8 October to 1 November, 451 AD, at Chalcedon (a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor), on the Asian side of the Bosporus. This was a highly influential council and marked a key turning point in the Christological debates that broke apart the church of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 5th century..Chalcedony (play /kælˈsɛdəni/) is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals quartz and moganite.[2] These are both silica minerals, but they differ in that quartz has a trigonal crystal structure, while moganite is monoclinic. Chalcedony's standard chemical structure (based on the chemical structure of quartz) is SiO2..The Council of Chalcedon, convened in 451, is widely considered to be the most important of the first four general councils of the early Christian Church. It was here that the divisive question over the nature of and personhood of Jesus Christ was finally decided, leading an important confession of faith which continues in use today. .

"... debates that broke apart the church of the Eastern Roman Empire..."  Divisions are very painful.  I guess the breaking away of the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches is the most painful.
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