Analysis Of The Book ' On Incarnation ' Essay

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Athanasius "On Incarnation"
In the book "on Incarnation", Athanasius explains the incarnation of Jesus Christ, in order to refute the non-believers position of incarnation. The book is divided into nine chapters, which chronologically explains the different stages of the incarnation of Jesus and his relationship with humanity. Athanasius held his position as Archbishop of Alexandria from (c.296-c.373). He was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria, and emphasized Orthodox Church theology in his works.
On incarnation is categorized as an apologetic treatise, where Athanasius gives a detailed explanation of why Jesus chose to approach humanity in human form. He then justifies his position by citing Holy Scripture and teachings of early churches. Lastly, he makes the claim that God entered the word in human form to get humanity back on the right track. He also emphasizes the fact that since men are naturally fallen, Jesus chose to save humanity and have the burden placed upon him instead.
In the beginning of his work Athanasius preludes to the idea of incarnation by explaining the creation and fall of humanity. Man is created in God 's image, but since we are not perfect we sin. God is aware of all that we do, and Athanasius states "He has been manifested in a human body for this reason only, for the salvation of us men."(p.2). God is the creator of all things and he approaches humanity in human form. God is behind the creation of the world in its entirety. Athanasius then…

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