Christians, what do you think of the Church Father Cyril of Alexandria............?

He was the Patriarch of Alexandria from the 4th-5th Centuries who was involved in many controversies regarding the nature of who Jesus was. One of the most defining things about him is the fact that he had a very ill-tempered and aggressive personality. For instance, he had all the Jews expelled from Alexandria... show more He was the Patriarch of Alexandria from the 4th-5th Centuries who was involved in many controversies regarding the nature of who Jesus was. One of the most defining things about him is the fact that he had a very ill-tempered and aggressive personality.

For instance, he had all the Jews expelled from Alexandria when tensions between them and the Christian community heightened, and he had all the Churches of the Novatians closed down. One of the more controversial episodes of his carrier was when a mob of his followers had murdered the pagan astronomer and mathematician Hypatia, because they were enticed by his rather aggressive rhetoric(though he wasn't directly responsible).

When it came to matter having to do with the nature of Christ, he was most famous for his theological struggle with the Bishop Nestorius. Nestorius believed the human and divine nature of Christ were two persons, and opposed the title 'Theotokos'(Mother of God). Cyril, on the other hand strictly advocated that Christ human nature and Divine nature are in the one person of Christ(not two persons) and this led to a bitter falling out.

This led to the Council of Ephesus in which Nestorius's view was condemned as heresy, and he was deposed of his position and banished. In reaction to this, Nestorius's supporter John of Antioch assembled another Council, also condemned Cyril for heresy and had him deposed(like what he did to Nestorius). The Council also labelled Cyril as "a monster, born and educated for the destruction of the Church". The emperor Theodosius backed Nestorius's supporters, temporarily revoked the rulings of the Council of Ephesus, and had Cyril arrested.

Cyril eventually escaped by bribing Theodosius' s courier, and sent a mob to surround Theodosius's palace and shout verbal abuse. This basically made Theodosius back down. Have to say, looking at all this, that while i think Cyril's Orthodoxy is spot on, and his writings are very helpful theologically, he personality is one i would not wanna emulate. He was arrogant, authoritarian and short tempered. I think Theodosius put well by calling him a "Proud Pharaoh", although his writings are theologically sound............
Update: @Karon, i wouldn't go as far as to say that he wasn't a Christian. I would say he certainly acted with Pride and Arrogance, and engaged in unnecessary arguments which contradicted what Paul taught. But remember Peter was also hasty and hot-tempered and he even denied Christ 3 times. So i think it shows even... show more @Karon, i wouldn't go as far as to say that he wasn't a Christian. I would say he certainly acted with Pride and Arrogance, and engaged in unnecessary arguments which contradicted what Paul taught. But remember Peter was also hasty and hot-tempered and he even denied Christ 3 times. So i think it shows even as Christians, we are stilled deeply flawed. Thank God for his saving grace or we'd have no chance!
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