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On the Incarnation

by Athanasius

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Series: Popular Patristics (4, 44)

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Nothing except the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a greater miracle or wonder in human history. God becoming flesh in human history is the greatest marvel. Jesus of Nazareth was foretold in the Torah and the Prophets centuries before his appearance and he was proved to be real and not a pretender due to his death and Resurrection. The early church grappled with all of this intellectually. Many heresies were confronted, answered, and dismissed. Throughout the 2000 plus years of church history, many of the early church heresies have reappeared over and over again. Whether you are Catholic or Protestant the answers are from the Word of God.… (more)

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Reprint of the 2nd rev. ed. orig. publ. London : A. R. Mowbray, 1953 ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
If more people read "On the Incarnation" perhaps we would have less youth ministers comparing the Trinity to a fidget spinner. ( )
  BrainAndAbel | Oct 23, 2019 |
A classic explanation of the Incarnation as well as the Trinity. If more people read it, we'd have less people comparing the Trinity to a fidget spinner. ( )
  LeeBoiBoi | Jun 11, 2019 |
Not my first time tracking through but well worth dipping back in, especially as
I am preparing to preach on the mystery of the Incarnation for Christmas Eve. Athanasius describes the fall and how 'humanity was in danger of disappearing.' God's answer was the Word made flesh. This is worshipful prose that points at the full Divinity of Christ and what he accomplished for us by his life,death and resurrection.

As a side note, Athanasius is writing in the fourth Century and combating Arius's heresy. As such some of his proofs may not sound as convincing to modern ears. He would be critical of the anti-supernatural assumptions underlying much of modernity. That being said, modernity would call him to task for his view of the Jews. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
What a wonderful book!

I am currently studying and preaching through the Gospel of John, and have given 35 sermons on the gospel that clearly declares the deity of Jesus Christ. After seeing a couple of my GR friends had read or reading this (Nick and Bill), I thought that this little book would fit perfectly into my personal study of the fourth gospel.

On the whole, Anathasius does an admirable job of explaining why God had to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth so that sinful man could be redeemed. In nine short chapters, he packs sound reasoning with scriptural references to defend his arguments and position. He writes about Creation and the Creator, about the fall of man and the love of God to rescue man from his fallen, sinful state.

Anathasius writes a chapter directly to Jews, who completely disregard Jesus Christ as the Messiah and ignore their own prophets and holy writings, which all point to the coming of the Messiah. He also writes two chapters to Gentiles (non-Jews) who don’t have a clear understanding of why the Messiah had to come in the first place or why He had to sacrifice Himself on the cross at Calvary.

Anathasius wrote this book, actually a letter in a series of letters, in the early 4th century at the age of 18 or 19 to another young man, new to the Christian faith, who had questions about Jesus Christ. His use of logic is very well done, laying out numerous biblical references and many external proofs for the incarnation of God through Jesus Christ.

The translation was very good, and the narration was very well done, too. Even though it was written over 1600 years ago, it is surprisingly readable, the truth and logic are still sound, and the Word of God is still valid for mankind today. ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 31, 2016 |
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