On The Incarnation
  • On The Incarnation
  • On The Incarnation
ISBN: 1948648245
EAN13: 9781948648240
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 1, 2018
Pages: 90
Dimensions: 0.3149606" H x 7.952756" L x 5.03937" W
Weight: 0.2425085 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Two names stand above all others in the history of the early Christian church: Augustine and Athanasius. The former was from the West and contended for the doctrine of grace against Roman moralism, while the latter came from the East and became a champion of orthodoxy against Arian attacks on the doctrine of the Trinity. On the Incarnation was Athanasius' second apologetic work, and in it he defends the Christian faith and tries to convince Jews and Greeks that Jesus was not a prophet or teacher but the Christ, the divine incarnation of God's Word.
You may find yourself reading Athanasius and thinking that the divine incarnation of Jesus is an obvious point, only to realize that, at some point, it wasn't so obvious. Three hundred years after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Council of Nicaea was still trying to figure out exactly who Jesus was. Through his presence at the Council of Nicaea as an assistant to Alexander and his work in this writing, Athanasius helped early Christianity--indeed all Christianity--to understand something more of the mystery of our faith: God was manifested in the flesh. All Christians, directly or indirectly, have been influenced by Athanasius because of his foundational insistence of who Jesus is.
There is perhaps no other Christian writing in which the coming of our Savior is proclaimed so clearly as the way of victory over death. Thanks to Athanasius, and so many other early Christian thinkers, we have a firmer footing in our own exploration and understanding of who God is and how He works.

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   Great Book, Maybe Look At A Cheaper Copy
I had to get this version for a course I take, or I'd have just gotten a $.99 version first. [This is for the Kindle edition. ] Good read, but apparently never checked for spelling errors before publication. The preface is by C.S.. Lewis is worth the cost of the book for any Lewis fans. Actually, the prefatory material takes more than the actual treatise and is all worth reading. One star for poor spell checking and one star for missing page numbers in the Kindle edition. Otherwise, 10 stars out of five are needed. Interesting arguments for Jesus'apos ; divinity. Not sure they'd fly today as apologetics, but work well as a sermon. Of course, this work has influenced pretty much everything after it, so don 't take my first impression as the last word - even though I mean to re-read and cogitate for a while before making up my mind.
   A Must-Have for any Theologian's Bookshelf!
The book itself is about 100 pages, with introductions comprising half of that. It is short and simple to read!
   Look for the 1944 translation, the one for which C.S. Lewis ACTUALLY penned the introduction.
Not only is this translation of Fr. Dry as dust John Behr provides a modern Christian read to those of us modern readers who are used to seeing all the words associated with the person of Christ CAPITALIZED in 1944. Why an Orthodox Christian priest would break with this well-established literary and theological convention is completely beyond me, and I find it so diconcerting that if his translation were anywhere near the excellence of the above mentioned, I would still be unable to read it. I take a hard pass on this edition and I am unutterably glad that I still have the translation of 1944.
   Excellent easy to read translation.
It naturally flows and doesn't become stuck grammatically, like some translations of classical languages. Of course, the context was excellent. Athanasius does a scholarly job by explaining the need for a God to save humanity. That a simple human on the cross does little for mankind. That the word, being from the beginning, can have no beginning. Of course, Athanasius lived in a time of Arian heresy and had to defend this theology logically and politically, which he does well.
   Not the best English translation
Generally speaking, I like the volumes in the Great Patristics series, but this new translation of On the Incarnation is not meant for a large popular audience at all. It is reads like a word-by-word translation of Greek and does not make for very readable or meaningful English. I returned to them and bought the translation by Sister Penelope Lawson in 1944.
   Great theological thinking is timeless.
The work itself is a thoughtful apologetic, offering a look at the incarnation that challenges a shallow understanding of Christ's first coming. This does this by exploring how the gospel unfolds from Genesis to Revelation, with Christ being its center. He then moves on to how the gospel confirms its validity and proves the divinity of Christ by the way it transforms people of all kinds.