October 31st, 2013
[hye''-puh-stat''-ik] (Greek hupo-, “under” + Greek stasis, “standing” = “underlying reality” or “essence”)
A Christological term used to describe the union of natures in the person of Christ during the incarnation. According to the definition of the Council of Chalcedon, Christ’s constitution is that of God and man, with the nature of each being fully represented in one person. This understanding is often referred to as a dyophysite (two natures) understanding of the Union while those maintaining that the person of Christ is made up of a single nature hold to what is termed monophysitism.