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“Because of his stand, it is said that the epitaph on Athanasius’ grave read Athanasius contra mundum, or, “Athanasius against the world.” This signified that Athanasius’ fight for orthodoxy was indeed against the entire world.” –
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Or how were his disciples to have boldness in speaking of the resurrection, were they not able to say that he first died? Or how could they be believed, saying that death had first taken place and then the resurrection, had they not had as witnesses of his death the men before whom they spoke with boldness?
Athanasius, in his monumental treatise On the Incarnation, observes:
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For that death is destroyed, and that the cross is become the victory over it, and that it has no more power but is verily dead, this is no small proof, or rather an evident warrant, that it is despised by all Christ’s disciples, and that they all take the aggressive against it and no longer fear it; but by the sing of the cross and by faith in Christ tread it down as dead.