The Human Nature of Christ Examined from an Eastern Orthodox Perspective
by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Modern scholarship presents us with a Christ who is fallen, that is, sharing through birth our corruptible, fallible and sinful human nature. A few Orthodox theologians have followed on their footsteps. Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis, a Greek Orthodox priest, basing himself solidly on holy Scripture and Tradition refutes this recent trend as Nestorianizing, and presents to scholars and laymen alike in East and West the Orthodox teaching on this complex issue.
- Was Jesus Christ a fallen human being, like us?
- Was His human nature corrupt and sinful, inherently and necessarily subject to suffering and death?
- Did He inherit a fallen humanity?
- If His humanity was fallen how was He sinless?
- Did He have human ignorance?
- In what way was His human will involved in the plan of salvation?
- What effect did the hypostatic union have on His humanity?
- 684 pages
- Subject, Author & Scriptural indexes
- 8 pages of color illustrations
In Jesus: Fallen?, Hatzidakis addresses these and other controversial questions pertaining to the human nature of Christ, which are debated in many Christian denominations, and in his own Church. The theology advanced in the book is the traditional theology of the historic Church. In all the modern confusio of multiple Christs, here we have the perennial image of the incarnate God, the Theanthropos Christ. The book should appeal to every serious Christian and student of theology, history of dogma and Church History who is comfortable neither with liberalism nor fundamentalism, but who is searching for the authentically true teachings of Christianity.
Hatzidakis draws richly from the patristic inheritance of East and West in an original, refreshing, and accessible way. He refutes opinions formed by many eminent postlapsarian theologians. This pivotal study is the first to address this topic from an Eastern Orthodox perspective and in this regard it constitutes an important contribution to Christology.
“While the Church addressed the important issues surrounding the Christological controversies through the Ecumenical Synods and the writings of the Fathers, there are many who are still trying to define and even redefine Christ as they would choose to understand Him, His natures, His wills, the hypostatic union, and many of the other difficult theological challenges that once plagued the Church. Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis has taken note of these new tensions and has been challenged by the position of theologians, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, who have commented on the person of Christ and His natures. … It is with great joy that I invite the students of theology and those who search for Truth to read and drink from the refreshing waters he offers us.”
† Metropolitan NIKITAS of the Dardanelles,
Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Berkeley, CA
(From his Foreword to Jesus: Fallen?)
“This book is a work of excellent scholarship. It is a great beacon of light in today’s world of confusing and flawed theologies.”
— William C Angel
“If there was one book on Christology I wish I had as a young seminarian, it would have been the recently published book titled Jesus Fallen? … If you are looking to know more about who Christ is and how Christ is related to our salvation, I could not recommend a more invaluable book. And if you are a seminarian, a priest, a teacher, a theologian, a professor, or just a general student of theology, then this book should unquestionably be a part of your library, after you have devoured its every page. This was my personal favorite Orthodox book released in 2013. Fr. Emmanuel is to be commended for providing us a text that puts the final nail in the coffin of another dead heresy.”
— John Sanidopoulos
“An amazingly mind bending book concerning the human nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know what sort of human nature Jesus possessed? Think again!!! This book is 700 pages, but is extremely easy to read, very interesting…actually a real page turner…rich with quotes from the Holy Scriptures and from the Fathers of the early Church. I highly recommend this book as it will strengthen your faith and stimulate your mind in ways you have never imagined.”
— Review by siasaggio on Amazon.com