Athanasius, in his monumental treatise On the Incarnation, observes:

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.

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