On the Incarnation (English only)

Saint Athanasius the Great
John Behr
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Popular Patristics Series Volume 44B

When I first opened his De Incarnatione I soon discovered I was reading a masterpiece ... for only a master mind could have written so deeply on a subject with such classical simplicity. -- C.S. Lewis, from the Introduction

By any standard, this is a classic of Christian theology. Composed by St. Athanasius in the fourth century, it expounds with simplicity the theological vision defended at the councils of Nicaea and Constantinople: that the Son of God himself became "fully human, so that we might become god." Its influence on all Christian theology thereafter, East and West, ensures its place as one of the few "must read" books of Christian theology for all time.

We are pleased to offer this new translation with a full introduction by C.S. Lewis. This book is also available from SVS Press with the original Greek text presented on the facing page.


About the Author: The V. Rev. Dr John Behr was Dean and Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He is Editor of the Popular Patristics Series. Other SVS Press books by Fr John are The Way to NicaeaThe Nicene Faith (2 vols.), and The Mystery of Christ.


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    Posted by M Robyn on 13th Apr 2020

    While there have been many translations of On the Incarnation, the newest one has a much easier rhythm than older translations. Come read the beauty that is our faith. I really love that the introduction is by C. S. Lewis. Something to note, there is one version that has the Greek and English text on parallel pages. Enjoy the beauty of early Christian faith that stands firm today.