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It was as the consequence of a dispute about the personality of Jesus that the Church was divided by fifth-century theologians, an action which was clean contrary to the spirit of Jesus. As Dr. Grensted87 puts it,' Even those . .. who accept the decisions of Chalcedon must admit that they resulted from discussions which at the best were little more than a philosophical debate, and which at the worst touched the lowest depths of ecclesiastical and political jealousy, hatred and trickery \ Even here, however, we can apply Samson's conundrum, ' Out of the eater came forth meat, And out of the strong came forth sweetness \ Out of the Christological controversy was born a conception which commends itself as well to emancipated psychologists as to liberal theologians, Cyril of Alexandria's classic simile of the nature of Jesus as the iron in the fire ; for the onlooker it is impossible to distinguish between the iron and the fire, both are seen as one. Thus Cyril considered His personality as a true Gestalt! Regarding Jesus in this way we shall fulfil the Platonic condition of taking a synoptic view, grasping truth as a whole and not as an agglomeration of scarcely related parts.
Theologians conceive of Jesus as the revealer of God. But Jesus also, perceiving the depths of man's nature, revealed to the world what man, in the fullness of his powers, can become. The Fourth Gospel presents Jesus as 'the way to the true life' (John xiv, 6, according to an Ethiopian rendering). In this place theology and psychology meet. The religion of Jesus is we may say obviously the religion of the greater prophets; but more intimately realized, and consistently lived out in the story of His human life and death. In both cases, the message authenticates itself, not because it comes to us through some miraculous channel, but by its own content 'by the wisdom of its doctrine \2I2a It