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St. Athanasius (296 - 373)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Athanasius in text and pdf format. Saint Athanasius of Alexandria (/ˌæθəˈneɪʃəs/; Greek: Ἀθανάσιος Ἀλεξανδρείας, Athanásios Alexandrías; c. 296–298 – 2 May 373), also called Athanasius the Great, Athanasius the Confessor or, primarily in the Coptic Orthodox Church, Athanasius the Apostolic, was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria (as Athanasius I). His episcopate lasted 45 years (c. 8 June 328 – 2 May 373), of which over 17 were spent in five exiles ordered by four different Roman emperors. Athanasius was a Christian theologian, a Church Father, the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century..
Within a few years after his death, Gregory of Nazianzus called him the "Pillar of the Church". His writings were well regarded by all Church fathers who followed, in both the West and the East, who noted their rich devotion to the Word-become-man, great pastoral concern, and profound interest in monasticism. Athanasius is counted as one of the four great Eastern Doctors of the Church in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, he is labeled as the "Father of Orthodoxy". Some Protestants label him as "Father of the Canon". Athanasius is venerated as a Christian saint, whose feast day is 2 May in Western Christianity, 15 May in the Coptic Orthodox Church, and 18 January in the other Eastern Orthodox Churches. He is venerated by the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutherans, and the Anglican Communion.
Against the Heathen
1. Introduction:--The purpose of the book a vindication of Christian doctrine, and especially of the Cross, against the scoffing objection of Gentiles. The effects of this doctrine its main vindication.
The knowledge of our religion and of the truth of ... read more
THE FESTAL LETTERS, AND THEIR INDEX (Or Chronicon Athanasianum)
I. FESTAL LETTERS
LETTER I. For 329.
Easter-day xi Phartmuthi; viii Id. April; AEr. Dioclet. 45; Coss. Constantinus Aug. VIII. Constantinus Caes. IV; Praefect. Septimius Zenius; Indi ... read more
Easter-day xxiv Pharmuthi; xiii Kal. Mai; 'ra Dioclet. 46; Coss. Gallicianus, Valerius Symmachus; Proefect, Magninianus; Indict. iii.
AGAIN, my brethren, is Easter come and gladness; again the Lord hath brought us to this season; so that w ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 1
CREATION AND THE FALL
IN our former book (The Contra Gentes) we dealt fully enough with a few of the chief points about the heathen worship of idols, and how those false fears originally arose. We also, by God's grace, briefly indi ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 2
THE DIVINE DILEMMA AND ITS SOLUTION IN THE INCARNATION
WE saw in the last chapter that, because death and 'cor ruption were gaining ever firmer hold on them, the human race was in process of destruction. Man, who was created in God's image and ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 3
THE DIVINE DILEMMA AND ITS SOLUTION IN THE INCARNATION - continued
WHEN God the Almighty was making mankind through His own Word, He perceived that they, owing to the limitation of their nature, could not of themselves have any knowledge of th ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 4
THE DEATH OF CHRIST
ALL these things the Saviour thought fit to do, so that, recognising His bodily acts as works of God, men who were blind to His presence in creation might regain knowledge of the Father. For, as I said before, who that saw ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 5
FITTING indeed, then, and wholly consonant was the death on the cross for us; and we can see how reasonable it was, and why it is that the salvation of the world could be accomplished in no other way. Even on the cross He did ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 6
REFUTATION OF THE JEWS
WE have dealt thus far with the Incarnation of our Saviour, and have found clear proof of the resurrection of His Body and His victory over death. Let us now go further and investigate the unbelief and the ridicule with ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 7
REFUTATION OF THE GENTILES
WE come now to the unbelief of the Gentiles ; and this is indeed a matter for complete astonishment, for They laugh at that which is no fit subject for mockery, yet fail to see the shame and ridiculousness of their o ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 8
REFUTATION OF THE GENTILES-continued
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 ... read more
THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD OF GOD - Chapter 9
HERE, then, Macarius, is our offering to you who love Christ, a brief statement of the faith of Christ and of the manifestation of His Godhead to us. This will give you a beginning, and you must go on to prove its truth by the study ... read more