Saturday, January 30, 2010

Understanding the Human Person Through Christ

Christ is the God-Man. He is perfect God and perfect Man.  When we approach Christ's humanity first, we try to understand him psychologically.  We say, 'This is a man.  How is He also God?'  If we try to understand Christ first according to anthropology and not Christology, we will also then understand ourselves psychologically first.  We will never understand Christ or ourselves in this way.  We must begin with Christ’s divinity first to understand who He is.  We must also begin with the human person on the deep spiritual level, not just on the psychological and emotional levels.

(Based on notes taken in a Patristics class at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary)