Shedd on Realism

This supplements the Nevin-Hodge debate.

“Realism, then, is true within the sphere of specific, organic, and propagated being; and nominalism is true within that of nonspecific, inorganic, and unpropagated being” (469).

Hodge defines human nature as “the manifestation of the general principle of humanity in union with a given corporeal organization” (Hodge II: 51). In other words, it is a common property of a substance.  Shedd, by contrast, says that human nature is a substance, not the common property of one.

On another note, Shedd wants to avoid the claim, one that Nevin might have made, that Christ is united to the human race in the same specific way that Adam was (Shedd 487).

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