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The Incarnation of the Word of God (Large Print) [Large Print] [Paperback]

St. Athanasius , C. S. Lewis

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8 Jun 2013
Athanasius was born in the later half of AD 299 and died in AD 373. During this time, in 325, one of the most important Church meetings in history took place (second probably only to the Jerusalem Council). Convened by Constantine, the Council of Nicaea’s primary task was seeking unity in all Christendom on the nature of the person of Jesus and his relation to the Father. While we mostly take it for granted today, most of what is now considered orthodox Christian doctrine were once items up for debate. At the council of Nicaea there were two views on the person of Christ being debated. The first was that of Arius, who believed that the Son was a created creature, albeit the first created, and not God. This makes sense if Jesus is “the Son” he must then come after the father. Colossians calls him the “firstborn of all creation.” Arius argued that the Son was created from nothing and then he was the creator of all other things. This made him a finite being as well as a being capable of wrong. The second view, and the one the council decided on, was that of St. Alexander, Bishop of Alexandria. Alexander argued that the Father’s attributes are eternal, even his fatherhood and so he has always had the Son with him. Technically, he said the son was “begotten” and not created. Begotten of the same substance as the Father. This meant he was God and equal with the Father. Alexander had assistants at the council, the most notable of which was a 26 year old deacon by the name of Athanasius. Athanasius would spend the rest of his life fighting the Arian heresy. He did this most notably through his work On the Incarntion. On the Incarnation is the second half of a two part treatise and in it Athanasius covers creation, the fall, and the incarnation and resurrection as well as some refutations to common objections from Jews and Greeks regarding the Son, or as he calls him, the “God Word.”

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (8 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490388370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490388373
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 0.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Athanasius of Alexandria (b. ca. 296-298 – d. 2 May 373), also referred to as St. Athanasius the Great, St. Athanasius I of Alexandria, St Athanasius the Confessor and (primarily in the Coptic Orthodox Church) St Athanasius the Apostolic, was the 20th bishop of Alexandria. His episcopate lasted 45 years (c. 8 June 328 – 2 May 373), of which over 17 were spent in five exiles ordered by four different Roman emperors. He is considered to be a renowned Christian theologian, a Church Father, the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century. He is remembered for his role in the conflict with Arius and Arianism. In 325, at the age of 27, Athanasius had a leading role against the Arians in the First Council of Nicaea. At the time, he was a deacon and personal secretary of the 19th Bishop of Alexandria, Alexander. Nicaea was convoked by Constantine I in May–August 325 to address the Arian position that Jesus of Nazareth is of a distinct substance from the Father. In June 328, at the age of 30, three years after Nicæa and upon the repose of Bishop Alexander, he became archbishop of Alexandria. He continued to lead the conflict against the Arians for the rest of his life and was engaged in theological and political struggles against the Emperors Constantine the Great and Constantius II and powerful and influential Arian churchmen, led by Eusebius of Nicomedia and others. He was known as "Athanasius Contra Mundum". Within a few years of his departure, St. Gregory of Nazianzus called him the "Pillar of the Church". His writings were well regarded by all Church fathers who followed, in both the West and the East. His writings show a rich devotion to the Word-become-man, great pastoral concern, and profound interest in monasticism.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Written Theological Treatise 28 Jun 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on Amazon.com
Much of what we take for granted in orthodox Christian faith today has been painstakingly discerned and developed over the course of many centuries. Many holy men and women made their invaluable contribution to this venerable body of knowledge, and they deepened our understanding of God's revelation. One such important figure in the early Church was St. Athanasius.

St. Athanasius was the fourth century bishop of Alexandria. He was involved in several important theological debates of that era, the most significant being his opposition to Arianism. Arianism is a heresy that claimed that Christ was of a different substance than the Father. This heresy was rejected at the first council of Nicaea, and ever since then the orthodox view on the nature of Trinity and incarnation has been well established.

"On the Incarnation" is a superbly written treatise that deals with one of the most fundamental pillars of Christian faith. The arguments for the necessity, appropriateness and efficacy of the incarnation of the Word of God are presented with a great deal of insight and clarity of thought. This is perhaps one of the theological texts that give the clearest exposition of the mystery of incarnation. It ought to be read by everyone who is interested in deepening his Christian faith and grounding it in historical context and within the long and venerable tradition of Church fathers. This is a very reasonable, rational, and well argued treatise. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who has studied Christian theology at a deeper level, but it certainly challenges the anti-religious stereotypes that have been prevalent in recent times.

This is an extremely well written book that has not lost any of its theological and intellectual luster over the years. It was an absolute pleasure to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Author, not so great printing 17 Aug 2013
By L. Donahue - Published on Amazon.com
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The Incarnation of the Word of God (Large Print) by St. Athanasius is a wonderful classical work. I needed the version with the introduction by CS Lewis, which this one has. I did not expect the book itself to be so large. Yes, I know it is large print but didn't expect the book to be so large in size. My biggest pet peeve is misspellings. This copy is rife with typos ("bath" is used several times in place of "hath" in Biblical quotes, simple words misspelled, question marks in odd places, one date in the text of the introduction even says "194z", etc, etc). I can only assume this was downloaded from online or disc but never checked for compatibility or accuracy.

Despite the editing/typing errors, I would recommend any and every Christian read this treatise on the Incarnation. It is still very deep but very readable at the same time. Maybe find a better quality printing of the text.
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