Tuesday, March 30, 2010
For April I thought it would be good for us to read On the Incarnation of the Word of God, by Athanasius of Alexandria. I think it's a good book to begin with because it is short and deep. I read it a couple of years ago as preparation for Christmas and am excited to read it this year as I meditate on Good Friday and Easter. Also it is widely available in a relatively modern translation with an introduction by C.S. Lewis on reading old books. Athanasius appears to have written this little book examining the incarnation of Christ when he was in his late teens or early twenties just before the outbreak of the Arian heresy. The edition with Lewis' introduction is available on Amazon, in libraries, and in a different translation online. Also, if you can't get hold of Lewis' introduction on paper, it is also available online. For more background on Athanasius' life, time and thought, you can have a look at the wikipedia or Catholic encyclopedia entries online, or try a good general church history like Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley or Great Leaders of the Christian Church, edited by John Woodbridge. Enjoy the reading.