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Athanasius on the Incarnation

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Athanasius on the Incarnation

Postby postodave » 20 Dec 2008, 00:48

Not sure if this belongs here or in 'Religion, Science and Philosophy'. However as it is not often you get a full Lewis essay online and as there is one here Moderator edit: Link removed. I love the book and I love Lewis's introduction but I only found it on line tonight when looking for reading suggestions for dragonfly. I would just like to invite anyone who has not read it before to take a look at both book and introduction and share any thoughts or indeed to offer those who have read it a chance of a reread. My faviourite section is chapter 17 - part of what is called Chapter 3 in this online version - you have to look at the numbers in brackets to get the old chapter headings. The usual criticism of Athanasius is that he does not see Christ as having a true human soul and it would be possible to read chapter 17 in that way but actually the book can be interpreted in a way that is compatible with later orthodoxy. But that raises a question. Lewis says that when reading modern books we are like those coming into a dialogue part way through; is this not equally so with old books? Can we read this book correctly without some knowledge of early controversies about the nature of Christ?
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But the lamb ran away with the crown
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Re: Athanasius on the Incarnation

Postby Sven » 20 Dec 2008, 19:31

Sorry, postodave, but I've removed your link. The Lewis estate is rather fussy about copyrighted material posted on the web, and Lewis' introduction is one such piece. They've retitled it 'On the Reading of Old Books' and published it in several collections. Anyone who wants to seek out an online copy of The Incarnation of the Word of God can find it easily enough by web search.
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Re: Athanasius on the Incarnation

Postby postodave » 20 Dec 2008, 22:27

Sorry then Sven. I was guessing this had slipped round the usual restrictions by being part of something else.
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Re: Athanasius on the Incarnation

Postby rusmeister » 22 Dec 2008, 19:40

There are few things I enjoy more than getting around greedy estates. (Not that I could buy any of that stuff anyway, although I would if I could)
Fifty years after an author's death ought to be the absolute max any corporation could hold rights. I'd outlaw even that except for non-corporate family - the purpose of those laws (extension beyond death) is to benefit the families. Period.
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Re: Athanasius on the Incarnation

Postby john » 24 Dec 2008, 16:50

rusmeister wrote:Fifty years after an author's death ought to be the absolute max any corporation could hold rights.


On that, I couldn't agree with you more. Unfortunately, I can't afford any legal bills should the Estate decide to flex their muscles.
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