Instead of fasting I will be reading St. Athanasius for Lent. I have chosen “Incarnation of the Word of God.”
Hopefully, I will find time to comment on the individual chapters. For those who do not know, this is the classic book on Jesus and Christian salvation. It challenges our current worldview, as it is a 4th century Greek document, written by an Christian in Egypt, and we approach Christianity in a 16th to 21th century European mindset.
Athanasius reverses our idea of atonement. So many Western Christians see Christ dying for our sins, and taking our sin upon Himself. Athanasius presents our Lord living for our holiness, and imputing divine holiness upon humanity. We focus on punishment, Athanasius focuses on rehabilitation. I look forward to this exercise.