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Author: St. Athanasius,C. S. Lewis
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Title: On the Incarnation: De Incarnatione Verbi Dei (Popular Patristics Series)
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On the Incarnation: De Incarnatione Verbi Dei (Popular Patristics Series) by St. Athanasius,C. S. Lewis

On the Incarnation: Saint Athanasius (Popular Patristics). On the Incarnation was written over 1500 years ago by the bishop of the church in Alexandria, Egypt. The issue was ultimately settled at the Council of Nicaea in 325 . in favor of Christ’s full divinity, yet the Arians continued to champion their divergent doctrine to all those who would hear.

Author : Athanasius of Alexandria,C. Lewis,(Introduction),Sister Penelope Lawson,(Translator). Publisher : St Vladimir's Seminary Press,u. R.,437 on ( Rs. s may apply Shipping Charges). Lewis says of this fourth-century on the Incarnation of Christ, . .only a mastermind could have written so deeply on such a subject with such classical simplicity. Users who liked this book, also liked. The God Who Is There (English).

Athanasius reacted against the Arian heresy in the Council of Nicaea and stood firm in defense and affirmation of the Trinity Lue koko arvostelu. Muita painoksia - Näytä kaikki. On the Incarnation: The Treatise De Incarnatione Verbi Dei Saint Athanasius (Patriarch of Alexandria) Rajoitettu esikatselu - 1996. On the Incarnation Rajoitettu esikatselu - 1891. On the Incarnation Saint Athanasius (Patriarch of Alexandria),A religious of C. S. M. V. Otenäkymä - 1953. Näytä kaikki . Kirjaluettelon tiedot. On the Incarnation: The Treatise De Incarnatione Verbi Dei Popular patristics series Numero 3, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press "popular patristics" series. Saint Athanasius (Patriarch of Alexandria).

Macmillan, (c)1981, c1946. Physical Description: xxxiii, 91 p. ;, 18 cm. General Note: Translation of: De incarnatione. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners.

Written by. St. Athanasius. Manufacturer: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr Release date: 1 June 1996 ISBN-10 : 0913836400 ISBN-13: 9780913836408.

Athanasius of Alexandria (circa 298 373) is also given the titles St. Athanasius the Great, Pope St. Athanasius I of Alexandria, St Athanasius the Confessor and (in the Coptic Orthodox Church, mainly) St Athanasius the Apostolic. Among his writings was On the Incarnation, his earliest work, believed to have been written around 320. In it, he invokes Plato and used a definition from the Organon of Aristotle. He was also familiar with the theories of various philosophical schools, and in particular with the developments of Neo-Platonism. In this, St. Athanasius defends the incarnation of Christ and explains why God chose to take human form.

This plain, easy to understand book on Jesus' humanity and divinity, written by a passionate young priest from Alexandria heavily influenced by the desert monks and St. Anthony, was a bestseller in its time. It still holds up today. It was also the first shot in the long fight of "Athanasius against the world", because Arius, a popular but over-the-hill priest and songwriter who was also from Alexandria, had his bestsellers, too. He claimed that Jesus was just another man, even if the most spiffy one God ever made, and his ideas would remain fashionable long after his death.

De Incarnatione Verbi Dei. By: St. E-mail:webmastertmark. Athanasius stood contra mundum ("against the world") in defense of the biblical doctrine of Christ. He opposed Arius when it seemed all the world would follow Arius's heresy. Athanasius's work remains even today the definitive statement of orthodox Trinitarianism. They fashioned idols for themselves in place of the truth and reverenced things that are not, rather than God Who is, as St. Paul says, "worshipping the creature rather than the Creator. Moreover, and much worse, they transferred the honor which is due to God to material objects such as wood and stone, and also to man; and further even than that.

On the Incarnation De Incarnatione Verbi Dei By: St. 1 Αὐτάρκως ἐν τοῖς πρὸ τούτων ἐκ πολλῶν ὀλίγα διαλαβόντες, περὶ τῆς τῶν ἐθνῶν περὶ τὰ εἴδωλα πλάνης καὶ τῆς τούτων δεισιδαιμονίας, πῶς ἐξ ἀρχῆς τούτων γέγονεν ἡ εὕρεσις, ὅτι ἐκ κακίας οἱ ἄνθρωποι ἑαυτοῖς . 5 τὴν πρὸς τὰ εἴδωλα θρησκείαν ἐπενόησαν·. With an introduction by . C. Stirling Bartholomew.

The de Incarnatione, then, is perhaps more appreciated in our day than at any date since the days of its writer. A somewhat similar caution is necessary with regard to the analogy drawn out (41, &c. between the Incarnation and the Union of the Word with the Universe. The treatise itself (17. 1, ἐκτὸς κατ᾽ οὐσίαν, and see notes on 41) supplies the necessary corrective in this case.

"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 their devotees many highly cultivated clergymen. The glory of St Athanasius is that he did not move with the times; it is his reward that he now remains when those times, like all others, have passed away.

"When I first opened De Incarnatione I soon discovered by a very simple test that I was reading a masterpiece, for only a mastermind could have written so deeply on such a subject with such classical simplicity"

- C. S. Lewis, from the Introduction On the Incarnation is part of the POPULAR PATRISTIC SERIES.
Reviews: 7
On the Incarnation was written over 1500 years ago by the bishop of the church in Alexandria, Egypt. To fully understand and appreciate this book one has to understand why Athanasius wrote it—in defense of Christ’s full divinity and against Arianism, an emerging theology of the time that suggested Christ was begotten from the Father, therefore not eternal, and thus subordinate to the Father. The issue was ultimately “settled” at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. in favor of Christ’s full divinity, yet the Arians continued to champion their divergent doctrine to all those who would hear. Resultantly, Athanasius uses scriptures to resolve the paradox of how God is still God in human form.

On the Incarnation begins with five chapters that describe creation and the fall of humankind with the resultant need for salvation. Next he illustrates the divine dilemma in seeking to mediate that salvation, with the derived solution being the incarnation. The death and resurrection of Christ are then detailed and the three remaining chapters refute common doubts brought up by two main groups: the Jews and Gentiles. The reservations written about then are easily applicable to modern day.

Throughout On the Incarnation, Athanasius explains that in order to reconcile the fallen creation back to humanity, salvation had to occur through a wholly divine mediator, perfectly embodied in Christ. Had Christ not been wholly divine, Athanasius argues, then Christ would have needed a mediator Himself to bring us into koinonia (fellowship or community) with God, and that imperfect mediator would therein need another mediator creating an endless succession of imperfect mediators without any resultant salvation. In short, in order to re-create creation and turn the corruptible (humans) back into the incorruptible, God needed the same substance, or the Logos incarnate, in order to bring that imperfect back to being perfect. Athanasius beautifully and repeatedly argues that the entire process is motivated by the love of God for His creation, and to suggest that He would impart upon us a less than perfect mediator would in fact demote and diminish that love motivation to less than steadfast, permanent, perpetual and all-encompassing.

Athanasius says, “[I]t was our sorry case that caused the Word to come down, our transgression that called out His love for us, so that He made haste to help us and to appear among us. It is we who were the cause of His taking human form, and for our salvation that in His great love He was both born and manifested in a human body.” He also says, “The Word perceived that corruption could not be got rid of otherwise than though death; yet He Himself, as the Word, being immortal and the Father’s Son, was such as could not die. For this reason, therefore, He assumed a body capable of death, in order that, through belonging to the Word Who is above all, and, itself, remaining incorruptible through His indwelling, might thereafter put and end to corruption for all others as well, by the grace of the resurrection.”

This beautifully written treatise is philosophically and theologically sophisticated, yet very easy to read and simple to understand. The book is also very short (less than 75 pages). As C. S. Lewis says, contemporary Christians would benefit tremendously from reading this book because it will not only illuminate their understanding of The Creator’s love for humankind, but it will also lead them to the full appreciation of the “Grand Miracle” or God taking human form in order to reveal to us what it means to be divine—an idea that transcends the power of the incarnation event itself.

Read this timeless classic and prepare to advance the way you think.
I picked up the book, "The 25 books every Christian should read" and delved into it. This was their first selection, On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius. I ordered this copy and sat down to a quiet read. What an amazing little book. On the Incarnation does a wonderful job of explaining why God had to become incarnate so that sinful man could be redeemed.

The book is short but packed with lots of simple, quality concepts that make so much sense. It is packed with scriptural references to defend the statements that being made. It talks about Creation and the Creator. About the fall of man and the love of God to work through a way to rescue man from his fallen sinful state.

There are chapters regarding why the Word became Flesh and why that had to happen. How the Creator took on the form of the creation so that He could bring redemption to His creation.

There is a chapter on why the Jewish people have disregarded Jesus Christ as the Son of God. It does a wonderful job of showing how they are ignoring their own prophets, their own written word of God and their own understanding of what had to happen. If you have any Jewish friends this would be a great chapter to read and discuss with them.

Then there are two chapters on why the Gentiles (Greeks) also did not want to accept that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. These chapters are well written and would be perfect for reading with your non-Christian Gentile friends and then discussing how well the author hit the main points of what people refuse to believe in Jesus Christ.

What is so amazing is that this book was written so long ago but reads as though it was just written last week. That alone shows the consistent quality of the writing and the consistent truth of the text and also the fact that sinful man has not changed in thousands of years, they still ignore God not because He can't be proven but because it is not convenient for their lifestyle or beliefs.

This is a must read for all Christians and will be a text that you come back to often.