Great art thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised….Thou hast made us for thyself, and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee…

I call upon thee, O Lord, in my faith, which thou hast given me, which thou hast inspired in me through the humanity of thy Son.

Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo,
Confessions

From the beginning, Jesus had been seen by his followers as the disclosure of the nature of divinity. But as their reflections upon him deepened, Christians began to realize that in both the universality and the uniqueness of Jesus' humanity were contained fundamental insights into the human condition. These insights were neither appealing nor unproblematic. They struck at the very core of the human experience of evil and suffering in this world. As Christian thinkers delved more deeply into Jesus' humanity, they uncovered the curious paradox that continues to lay hold of the western imagination - that in order to redeem humanity, God had to suffer and die at the hands of humanity.
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