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Ignatius wrote in A.D. 110 that Jesus was gennetos kai agennetos meaning “begotten and not begotten.”

Did Ignatius believe in the doctrine of Eternal Generation of the Son? Why did he say that Jesus is not begotten in his divinity?

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References links to the source document? Please see: Google search: st. ignatius of antioch new advent –  FMS Jul 26 at 21:06
    
Having a difficulty sourcing the pertinent document. Found this while searching: The False Doctrine of the “Only Begotten Son” –  FMS Jul 26 at 21:52

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It seems what you quote is a Trinitarian formula of his as below:

Chapter 14. Conclusion | Epistle to the Antiochians | Spurious Epistles of St. Ignatius of Antioch | New Advent
I write this letter to you from Philippi. May He who is alone unbegotten, keep you steadfast both in the spirit and in the flesh, through Him who was begotten before time began! And may I behold you in the kingdom of Christ! I salute him who is to bear rule over you in my stead: may I have joy of him in the Lord! Fare well in God, and in Christ, being enlightened by the Holy Spirit.

It is clear that the Unbegotten is the Father.


In all his documents, Jesus, the Son, and the Trinity, are as per the Apostolic and Catholic Teaching.


From, Excursus on the Words Gennethenta Ou Poiethenta., my understanding is that Jesus as man is generated in time, his Divinity was never generated when he appeared as God-made-man, and he was begotten of the Father before time began.


cf. Athanasian Creed.


About St. Ignatius of Antioch

  • Born is Syria died in Rome between 98 and 117.

  • May have been the child whom Our LORD took in his arms (cf. Mk 9:36)

  • His friend was St. Polycarp, a disciple of St. John the Apostle.

  • Was the third bishop of Antioch appointed by St. Peter himself.

Source: Glimpses of the Church Fathers | Claire Rusell

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