The Onion Dome

Athanasius the GreatOn this day in 1943, the United States banned the sale of sliced bread to save metal, or paper, or something, for the war effort. As it turns out it didn’t save anything. The first legal slice after the ban was rescinded on March 8 was used by Food Administrator Claude R. Wickard to wipe the egg off his face.

Athanasius the Great (ca. 296-373), Patriarch of Alexandria, was also called Athanasius of Alexandria, Athanasius the Apostolic, the Father of Orthodoxy, the Father of the Canon, Athanasius the Confessor, and Athanasius contra mundum. He was greatly embarrassed by these titles and kept them out of sight in a drawer.

Athanasius wrote many theological treatises, letters, and hagiographies, including that of his beloved friend and spiritual guide Anthony the Great, whom we’ve already met. In 319 he published his greatest work, On the Incarnation. So great was his erudition —…

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