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?
In Jesus: Fallen?, Emmanuel Hatzidakis, a Greek Orthodox priest, 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.
A well-researched study it sheds light from an Eastern Orthodox perspective on this intriguing and crucial topic. It maintains that the subject of Christ’s humanity and its understanding is neither a theologoumenon nor an abstract intellectual cogitation, but a matter of profound soteriological and anthropological import.
"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?)
“well researched, very thorough,… easily readable,… engaging… I have enjoyed the book and have found it beneficial.”
— S.N., Oklahoma