Defending the incarnation


On the Incarnation
by Athanasius of Alexandria

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had long wanted to read this classic exploration of the reasons for and implications of Christ’s incarnation, as well as the famed introduction by C.S. Lewis. Neither disappointed. Athanasius’ treatment of Christ’s divinity and humanity was both beautiful and helpful for Christian readers. For example, he drew a parallel between the Son who is the Divine Word and the Image of the Father saving human beings who can speak words and are made in God’s image. He also pointed to Christ’s replacing rival objects of human worship – dead heroes of myth, idols, demons – as people around the world turned to Him and lived virtuous lives as reasons that Gentile unbelievers should cease their mockery of Christ.

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