Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Athanasius on how Christ turns men from fighting to farming
Image: Sunset, North Garden, Virginia, March 2018
Athanasius in On the Incarnation describes the power of Christ to change Barbarians:
The barbarians of the present day are naturally savages in their habits, and as long as they sacrifice to their idols they rage furiously against each other and cannot bear to be a single hour without weapons. But when they hear the teaching of Christ, forthwith they turn from fighting to farming, and instead of arming themselves with swords extend their hands in prayer…. These facts are proof of the Godhead of the Saviour, for He has taught men what they could never learn from idols (91).