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Download kindle ô De Incarnatione Verbi Dei Û 120 pages ´ feedmarkformulate Û [Epub] ❤ De Incarnatione Verbi Dei By Athanasius of Alexandria – Feedmarkformulate.co.uk A universally acknowledged masterpiece of fourth century patristic theology As C S Lewis observes in his Oduction When I first opened De Incarnatione I soon discovered by a very simple test that I was reading a mas What a wonderful bookI 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 gospelOn 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 stateAnathasius 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 CalvaryAnathasius 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 uestions 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 ChristThe 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

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A universally acknowledged masterpiece of fourth century patristic theology As C S Lewis observes in his intr Just checking and yup St Athanasius is still my FAVOURITE Church Father Review originally posted on Vintage NovelsSometime in the 290s was born a child whose stature in the annals of history would far outstrip his physical stature In his day he was known as The Black Dwarf and to the heretic Arius his lifelong nemesis probably something even less sensitive St Athanasius of Alexandria is known most famously of course for standing contra mundum against the world for standing up for the right thing when the whole world was wrong He opposed the Arian heresy which stated that Christ is not truly God not of the same substance but rather a creation since a pure spiritual being like God could not possibly according to Arius take on diseased flesh It was as CS Lewis points out in his introduction to On the Incarnation one of those 'sensible' synthetic religions which are so strongly recommended today It was a religion that agreed with all the best scientific and philosophical minds of the dayBut it was wrong and Athanasius dedicated his life to fighting it Even after the victory at the Council of Nicaea Arianism died hard and Athanasius continued to be periodically exiled from his home persecuted hunted and assaulted for his unpopular stand He never gave in He fought the good fight till his death sometime in his 70sBut before all this happened an earnest devout and irrepressibly optimistic teenager wrote a book length letter to his friend Macarius explaining the Christian faith That book became a theological classic and one of the great books of Western CivilisationUnlike many of the great books of Western Civilisation On the Incarnation is uite short and pithy explaining the whys behind many of the doctrines of Christianity but most importantly why Christ had to come in the flesh truly God truly Man to die and rise again It explains exactly why this was the only thing that could have worked this was the only sacrifice that would both pay for our sins and redeem us from Hell In addition the book discusses other aspects of redemption and contains uite a bit of apologetic materialFor it is a fact that the unbelievers pour scorn on Him so much the does He make His Godhead evident The things which they as men rule out as impossible He plainly shows to be possible; that which they deride as unfitting His goodness makes most fit; and things which these wiseacres laugh at as human He by His inherent might declares divine Thus by what seems His utter poverty and weakness on the cross He overturns the pomp and parade of idols and uietly and hiddenly wins over the mockers and unbelievers to recognize Him as God On the Incarnation differs from other great books in another important way The author's youthfulness high spirits and vim come off the page at you Athanasius lived during exciting times when in just over two brief centuries the Christian faith had swept the Roman world Just a few years later the new emperor Constantine himself was to convert to Christianity and decriminalise it for the first time meaning that you no longer faced death and dismemberment just for being a Christian Christianity was not made the official religion of the Empire for several years by Theodosius of the Eastern EmpireThe young Athanasius's enthusiasm reflects the high spirits of the exciting first two centuries of Christendom Not jaded as so many Christians today seem to be by the sheer back breaking difficulty of spreading the good news of the kingdom of heaven Athanasius happily proclaims the death of idols the end of the reign of demons and the death of death itselfWhen the sun rises after the night and the whole world is lit up by it nobody doubts that it is the sun which has thus shed its light everywhere and driven away the dark Eually clear is it since this utter scorning and trampling down of death has ensued upon the Savior's manifestation in the body and His death on the cross that it is He Himself Who brought death to nought and daily raises monuments to His victory in His own disciples How can you think otherwise when you see men naturally weak hastening to death unafraid at the prospect of corruption fearless of the descent into Hades even indeed with eager soul provoking it not shrinking from tortures but preferring thus to rush on death for Christ's sake rather than to remain in this present life? If you see with your own eyes men and women and children even thus welcoming death for the sake of Christ's religion how can you be so utterly silly and incredulous and maimed in your mind as not to realize that Christ to Whom these all bear witness Himself gives the victory to each making death completely powerless for those who hold His faith and bear the sign of the cross?When did people begin to abandon the worship of idols unless it were since the very Word of God came among men? When have oracles ceased and become void of meaning among the Greeks and everywhere except since the Savior has revealed Himself on earth? When did those whom the poets call gods and heroes begin to be adjudged as mere mortals except when the Lord took the spoils of death and preserved incorruptible the body He had taken raising it from among the dead? Or when did the deceitfulness and madness of demons fall under contempt save when the Word the Power of God the Master of all these as well condescended on account of the weakness of mankind and appeared on earth? When did the practice and theory of magic begin to be spurned under foot if not at the manifestation of the Divine Word to men? In a word when did the wisdom of the Greeks become foolish save when the true Wisdom of God revealed Himself on earth? In old times the whole world and every place in it was led astray by the worship of idols and men thought the idols were the only gods that were But now all over the world men are forsaking the fear of idols and taking refuge with Christ; and by worshipping Him as God they come through Him to know the Father also Whom formerly they did not know The amazing thing over is this The objects of worship formerly were varied and countless; each place had its own idol and the so called god of one place could not pass over to another in order to persuade the people there to worship him but was barely reverenced even by his own Indeed no Nobody worshipped hi

Athanasius of Alexandria ↠ De Incarnatione Verbi Dei ePub

De Incarnatione Verbi DeiTerpiece for only a master mind could have written so deeply on such a subject with such classical simplicity It's frankly embarrassing to admit how little I've read from the Patristics directly This is the first time I've read Athanasius On the Incarnation and wow what have I been doing with my life??What I found most striking about this little work is clear Athanasius is Somehow I've been led to believe that the early Church Fathers are too cryptic and mysterious for modern readers to understand I don't know where I got that idea so there's no one to blame but myself but Athanasius writes with incredible precision and clarity Further it's not as if Athanasius is writing with primitive half baked theological categories that still need hundreds of years to perfect; reading this little work it's clear that Athanasius has a specific robust theological system that he's working with he has a fully developed Christology which is than can be said about many of the modern Christological discussionsWhat I particularly found interesting is how closely Athanasius links the incarnation as a redemptive atoning act in and of itself For Athanasius it's not simply that Christ took on a human body so that such a human body could be used as an arbitrary means for atonement I have heard Athanasius' views summarized simply as he believed that Christ had to become a human so that he could die Which is true both of the incarnation and of Athanasius' view of the incarnation but it doesn't nearly say enough For Athanasius the incarnation wasn't simply a means to crucifixion rather the crucifixion wouldn't mean anything at all without the incarnation being what it is a redemptive act in which Christ begins to reverse the curse in his own body the final blow of this reversal being the atonement for sin and the triumph over death through crucifixion and resurrection I found this passage helpfulthis must also be known that the corruption which had occurred was not outside the body but attached to it and it was necessary that instead of corruption life should cleave to it so that as death had come to be in the body so too life might come to be in it If then death had been outside the body life would also have had to be outside it But if death was interwoven with the body and dominated it as if united to it it was necessary for life to be interwoven with the body so that the body putting on life should cast off corruption Otherwise if the Word had been outside the body and not in it death would have been conuered by him most naturally since death has no power against life but nonetheless the attached corruption would have remained in the body For this reason the Savior rightly put on a body in order that the body being interwoven with life might no longer remain as mortal in death but as having put on immortality henceforth it might when arising remain immortal Section 44This book was incredibly helpful for me Count me down as one believer in the importance of reading patristics for developing a healthy theology