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Title: Uses of the Person-Nature Distinction in Thomas's Christology
Author(s): GORMAN, Michael
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 67 Issue: 1 Date: 2000
Thomas Aquinas considers the distinction between nature and person indispensable for Christology. Failure to appreciate this distinction is, he thinks, the root of Christological heresy. Surprisingly, however, Thomas gives us little help in understanding how the distinction is to be used. Nor have his commentators discussed the matter adequately. As I shall try to show, Thomas has a variety of uses for this distinction, some more helpful than others. I will first explain the person-nature distinction as Thomas conceives it, and then I will discuss three ways in which he uses it.