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Superchristological and Homoousiosis

lyrics by Dan Idzikowski

A light-hearted look at theological controvery in the early church—when Saint Nicholas lived. The ecumenical councils were called to work out what Christians were to believe and what they were to reject. Bishop Nicholas was at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, where it was determined that Jesus was coeternal with God the Creator. Thus, the council rejected Arius' idea that Jesus was not fully equal with God. It was during this time in the life of the early church that the doctrine of the Trinity (one God in three equal persons) was established. This song recounts Nicholas' strong response.

To the tune of "Supercalafragalisticexpialadocius" from Mary Poppins

 

St Nicholas with arm raised above Arius
Arius & Bishop Nicholas at the Council of Nicaea
Artist: Leo Fabri
Detail from Saint NIcholas Society (SNG) Jubilee Print, 2004
St Nicholas Center Collection

Um diddle diddle um diddle ay
Um diddle diddle um diddle ay

      [chorus]
      Superchristological and Homoousiosis
      Even though the sound of them is something quite atrocious
      You can always count on them to anathemize your Gnosis
      Superchristological and Homoousiosis

Um diddle diddle um diddle ay
Um diddle diddle um diddle ay

Now Origen and Arius were quite a clever pair.
Immutable divinity make Logos out of air.
But then one day Saint Nicholas gave Arius a slap—
and told them if they can't recant, they ought to shut their trap!

      [chorus] Oh, Superchristological and Homoousiosis . . . .

One Prosopon, two Ousia are in one Hypostasis.
At Chalcedon this formula gave our faith its basis.
You can argue that you don't know what this means,
But don't you go and try to say there’s a "Physis" in between!

[chorus] Oh, Superchristological and Homoousiosis . . . .

Um diddle diddle um diddle ay
Urn diddle diddle um diddle ay

Now freedom and autonomy are something to be praised,
But when it comes to human sin, these words must be rephrased,
For Pelagius was too confident that we could work it out—
And Augustine said *massa damnata* is what it’s all about.

[chorus] Oh, Superchristological and Homoousiosis . . . .

Heresies are arguments that you might find attractive,
But just remember in this case the Church is quite reactive.
So play it safe and memorize these words we sing together,
'Cause in the end you'll find, my friend, that we may live forever.

[chorus] Oh, Superchristological and Homoousiosis
Even though the sound of them is something quite atrocious
You can always count on them to anathematize your Gnosis
Superchristological and Homoousiosis


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