“Jesus the Christ” vs. “Jesus Christ”

With him, this differentiation simply becomes inapplicable. The person is the office; the office is the person.

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The words “Kaiser” and “Wilhelm” go so closely together that the title “Kaiser” had itself already become almost a part of the name; yet everyone was still aware that the word was not just a name but denoted a function. The phrase “Jesus Christ” is an exactly similar case… [W]ith him, this differentiation simply becomes inapplicable. The person is the office; the office is the person.… Here there is no private area reserved for an “I” that remains in the background behind the deeds and actions and thus at some time or another can be “off duty”; here there is no “I” separate from the work; the “I” is the work, and the work is the “I”.

— Joseph Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity, II.B.2

Author: Jack Perry

Catholic. Mathematician. Square monomial diagram in a round avatar's circle.

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