Review of “The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ”
Patrick Henry Reardon, the senior editor of Touchstone, has attempted to bring out an understated quality of Jesus Christ: his humanity. This book is not a return to the heresy of monarchianism, nor does it attempt to revise any theories of Christology. Instead, Reardon is grounded in the early church councils as well as the biblical text itself.
The goal of this book is to highlight the humanity of Christ be taking a closer look at the human-like qualities that Jesus portrayed, particularly in what he said to other people. Starting with his birth, and then moving toward his baptism and his ministry, and finally ending with his death and resurrection, Reardon focuses on the interactions that Jesus has with other people and explains the human thought that went into each of these actions.
Ultimately, Reardon does a good job of presenting a new way of looking at the life of Christ. It is certainly interesting, although the way he combines the Gospels to create a composite story along with some of his points along the way seem to contradict modern scholarship, he still puts forth an excellent effort and stays grounded in the basics presented in the early church councils.
I recommend this book for laypeople and clergy alike, who might be looking for a new way to look at the life of Jesus. For someone familiar with the Gospels, this will not be groundbreaking, but simply insightful.
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