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Advent Retreat - St. Athanasius 'On the Incarnation of the Word'

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15244 Victoria Rd N

15244 Victoria Road North

(The Hall)

Summerland, BC V0H 1Z3

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This will be an accessible retreat on St. Athanasius' classic work "On the Incarnation". Open to all, regardless of affiliation or belief.

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This retreat is hosted by St. Thomas, Summerland. It will be organized around times of prayer and reflection throughout the day. It will be free of charge (though any contribution will be accepted). It is open to members of other churches. It is also open to people who are not Christian, or actively Christian, but who are interested in reading this foundational work of theology and philosophy from the early church.

CS Lewis wrote,

"When I first opened his De Incarnatione I soon discovered by a very simple test that I was reading a masterpiece. I knew very little Christian Greek except that of the New Testament and I had expected difficulties. To my astonishment I found it almost as easy as Xenophon; and only a master mind could, in the fourth century, have written so deeply on such a subject with such classical simplicity. Every page I read confirmed this impression. His approach to the Miracles is badly needed today, for it is the final answer to those who object to them as “arbitrary and meaningless violations of the laws of Nature.” They are here shown to be rather the re-telling in capital letters of the same message which Nature writes in her crabbed cursive hand; the very operations one would expect of Him who was so full of life that when He wished to die He had to “borrow death from others.” The whole book, indeed, is a picture of the Tree of Life – a sappy and golden book, full of buoyancy and confidence. We cannot, I admit, appropriate all its confidence today. We cannot point to the high virtue of Christian living and the gay, almost mocking courage of Christian martyrdom, as a proof of our doctrines with quite that assurance which Athanasius takes as a matter of course. But whoever may be to blame for that it is not Athanasius" (from his introduction).

For more information, please follow this link:

Advent Retreat, St Thomas Summerland

Also, to register interest, or for information on how to get a hold of the book, feel free to email: pastor@stschurch.com

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Summerland, BC V0H 1Z3

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