I recently posted about the Lutheran video tribute to the 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya, going on to address the accusation that the Copts are monophysite heretics. Reader Ori Pomerantz shared the post with Medhat Ghabrial, a Coptic Christian, who wrote a fascinating comment on Facebook that I had to share with you (with his permission).
You can read it after the jump, but basically he says that the heresy charge was a political maneuver by the Church of Rome against its rival, the Church of Alexandria. (Recall the prominence of Alexandria in the Early Church.) Mr. Ghabrial points out that Alexandria was the center of Nicene orthodoxy. After all, St. Athanasius was the bishop of Alexandria! And the Copts to this day recite and consider authoritative the Athanasian Creed! The Coptic Church is emphatically not monophysite, as the Roman Church itself now admits.
I still hear that charge, though, among Protestants, so Mr. Ghabrial’s point needs to be better known. He also acknowledges that Coptic Christology is much like that of the Lutherans, a subject that needs to be better known as well! [Read more…]