St. Athanasius the Great: On the Incarnation
"This is a good translation of a very great book.
"St Athanasius stood contra mundum for the Trinitarian doctrine 'whole and undefiled,' when it looked as if all the civilized world was slipping back from Christianity into the religion of Arius, into one of those 'sensible' synthetic religions which are so strongly recommended today and which then, as now, included among th...more
But it is what it is and what it is, is this: a simple, wonderful, foundational, Biblically-doctrinal book of great importance.
Easy to read.
Thick with Biblical truth.
Glorifies Christ in the highest.
I read this at the same time as Advent and I can't think of a better book to read during the holidays.
There is a lot of books that Christians sho ...more
This book, at first glance, is easier to read than you might expect. The sentences (a translation from Greek) are in simple structures. The vocabulary is fairly ordinary, and the chapters are short - but the content goes much, much deeper.
This book is a logical, reasoned proof for the incarnation of the Creator God in the person of Jesus Christ. Athanasius moves through the objections ...more
"Now, Macarius, true lover of Christ, we must take a step further in the faith of our holy religion, and consider also the Word's becoming Man and His divine Appearin ...more
Not to mention C. S. Lewis's introduction. I have dedicated my life to "reading old books" but he makes me want to r ...more
As for De Incarnatione, it was very good and one is glad of the gift God gave the church in St. Athanasius at just the right time to defend the deity of Christ and thereby a robust view of the Trinity. It is repetitive, however, but this is fitting for someone who repeatedly had to ...more
While some of it hasn't aged well (e.g. his anti-Semetic "refutations" of the Jews and Greeks), overall Athanasius succinctly describes the nature of the incarnation.
"He assumed humanity that we might become (like) God. He manifested Himself by means of a body in order that we might perceive the Mind of the unseen Father. he endured shame from men that we might in ...more
1. Has always existed as part of the God-head
2. Is the agent through whom God created the universe
3. Had to be born in the flesh as a man
4. Had to die
5. Had to die on the cross
6. Had to be resurrected
This particular edition includes Athanasius’ letter to his good friend Marcellinus on the importance of the Psalms, and an introduction by CS Lewis which, alone, is worth the price of the book.
"On the Incarnation of the Word of God" should be required reading for ...more
Like many others on this site, I was surprised and delighted by the simplicity and the directness of not only the writing style but the content, as well. The Early Church, much like early Greek philosophy, was still developing the theological vocabulary for what had been revealed by Christ and experienced by the Apostle's generation, and so, as Lewis notes in the preface, source documents are generally more ...more
If you are interested in hitting the topic of Jesus coming to earth as a man then this book will help you out on that journey. Don't be scared of the old languag ...more
I don't know whether his "Refutation of the Jews" or "Refutation of the Gentiles" persuaded any Jews or Gentiles, but they certainly bolstered my confidence in Christ.
Just a couple of glimpses. In arguing that Jesus was divine, the very Son of God, Athanasius points to some of his accomplishments:
--He has put t ...more
I like the illustrations he uses for his points - good stuff for preachers.
The translation is a bit stilted - like reading the New American Standard Bible
His two main points is that the incarnatio ...more