Ignatius of Antioch (late 1st century – c. 115) on the reality of Christ’s human nature vis-à-vis Docetism

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“Turn a deaf ear to any speaker who avoids mention of Jesus Christ who was of David’s line, born of Mary, who was truly born, ate and drank; was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, truly crucified and died while those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth beheld it; who also was truly raised from the dead, the Father having raised him, who in like manner will raise us also who believe in him – his Father, I say, will raise us in Christ Jesus, apart from whom we have not true life.”

– Ignatius of Antioch (late 1st century – c. 115), To the Trallians, ix.

* Ignatius was writing against the early church heresy of docetism – the belief that Jesus only seemed (Greek: dokein, “to seem”; hence “docetism”) to be human, and that his physical body was merely a phantasm. It was very difficult for some to believe that God actually became incarnated as a genuine man, and docetism developed as a result. Early Christian writers wrote strongly against it, and it was unequivocally rejected at the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325.

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