What is does it mean to be a human being?

  1. “A man thou art, but the only one of the animals to be deified” (Basil the Great).
  2. “One does not only have to be born biologically in order to be called a man, but must also have the Holy Spirit within one . . . Otherwise, he is a man dead to God and swayed by various passions, one is like the animals” (Met. Hierotheos).
  3. “The ontology of man is to be found in his Archetype . . . the God who created him, since man is made in the image of God . . . As God is Person, it means that man becomes a person when he unites with God” (ibid.).
  4. “A person is one who has passed from the image to the likeness . . . ontologically all people can be regarded as persons, and even the devil himself is a person, but soteriologically we are not all persons, since we have not all attained the likeness” (ibid.).
  5. “Persona is ‘the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible…which is, in the sight of God, of great price'” (1 P 3:4; Arch. Sophrony).