In Physicalist Soteriology in Hilary of Poitiers, Ellen Scully presents Hilary as a representative of the “mystical” or “physical” trajectory of patristic soteriology most often associated with the Greek fathers. Scully shows that Hilary’s physicalism is unique, both in its Latin non-Platonic provenance and its conceptual foundation, namely that the incarnation has salvific effects for all humanity because Christ’s body contains every human individual.
Hilary’s soteriological conviction that all humans are present in Christ’s body has theological ramifications that expand beyond soteriology to include christology, eschatology, ecclesiology, and Trinitarian theology. In detailing these ramifications, Scully illumines the pervasive centrality of physicalism in Hilary’s theology while correcting standard soteriological presentations of physicalism as an exclusively Greek phenomenon.
Ellen Scully, Ph.D. (2011), Marquette University, is Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Theology at Seton Hall University. She has published several articles on patristic soteriology and is working on an overview of physicalist soteriology in Greek and Latin patristic authors.
Part 1: Hilary a Latin Non-Platonic Physicalist
1: Revising the Lens through which Hilary is Read
2: Hilary’s Use of Terminology and Rhetoric
3: The Context of, and Influences upon, Hilary’s Soteriology
4: Proof of Hilary’s Physicalism
Part 2: The Ramifications of Physicalism on Hilary’s Theological System
5: Christological Ramifications: Sublimation of Christology into Soteriology
6: The Assumption of All Humanity as Definitive of Hilary’s Physicalist Soteriology
7: Eschatological Ramifications: Eternal Life in Christ
8: Ecclesiological Ramifications: The Church is the Body of Christ
9: Hilary’s Patercentric Theology: The Relationship between Physicalism and Trinitarian Theology
All those interested in (1) the classification of patristic soteriological models, (2) the soteriology, christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, or Trinitarian theology of Hilary of Poitiers.