On the Incarnation of the Word
by St. Athanasius
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On the Incarnation of the Word is a classic
work of Orthodox theology written by noted bishop of
Alexandria, St. Athanasius. In this apologetic treatise,
St. Athanasius defends the incarnation of Christ against
the derision of 4th century non-believers. St Athanasius
explains why God chose to approach his fallen people in
human form. He states, "The death of all was consummated
in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and
corruption were in the same act utterly abolished." St. Athanasius
resolves the paradox of the Incarnate by relying heavily on both
Scripture and the teachings of the early Church. St. Athanasius also
answers several objections to his account, many of which are still
raised against Christians today by those outside the Church. On the
Incarnation of the Word was highly recommended by modern writer and
Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, who suggested that contemporary
Christian audiences could benefit from reading more ancient classics.
Indeed, though St. Athanasius wrote this text in the 4th century, his
style is easy to follow and his concepts are of irreplaceable worth.
CCEL Staff Writer