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On the Incarnation: De Incarnatione Verbi Dei (Popular Patristics Series) Paperback – June, 1996
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This is a simple work. Some of this is due to the work of the translator, breaking up the work into short sections and translating it into contemporary English without sacrificing its content; the majority of it has to do, however, with Athansius' own desire: to communicate simply the profound message of God-become-man. C. S. Lewis contributes a wonderful introduction, noting correctly that we would all do better to "read the old books", such as this one.
In short, Athanasius writes that "God became man so that man might become god". If taken out of its context, such a quote could easily be misinterpreted; it should be understood, however, in this way: by God's taking on a human body, the human body has been brought up into the very life of God. Rather than denigrating physical, created matter, the Incarnation vindicates its being created. The body then, is now understood as the site of the most profound of meanings: its being given life now and, at a future time, being given life again.
Understandings of the Incarnation as being purely juridical, with effects relegated to an ethereal world of purely legal justification, find no place here.Read more ›
This was a pivotal moment in early Church history. The Church was actually split in two regarding this issue, and were it not for Athanasius and this work "On the Incarnation," heresy would have won the day (albeit God certainly did not allow this to occur).
This work is a key theological treatise regarding the divinity of Christ, and His incarnation (fully God, and fully man). This translation is one of, if not the, best translations available for readers. C.S. Lewis writes a wonderful introduction and details the impact this work had on his own Christian life (among other interesting details about reading primary sources - Go Lewis!!).
The book is formatted in a way that is very easy to follow - from creation, to incarnation, to death, to resurrection, and then three refutations and a conclusion. However, the work is not altogether easy to read. At certain points I had to re-read the work several times to grasp what Athanasius was trying to say. But do not let this keep you from getting and reading the book. Anything worth reading is always going to have some difficulty that is what makes it worthwhile.
I would place this work in my top 20 favorite Christian works, and highly recommend it to everyone!
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