Augustine on the Departure of Christ

But our very Life descended hither, and bore our death, and slew it, out of the abundance of His own life; and thundering He called loudly to us to return hence to Him into that secret place whence He came forth to us — first into the Virgin’s womb, where the human creature was married to Him, — our mortal flesh, that it might not be for ever mortal, — and thence “as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, rejoicing as a strong man to run a race.” For He tarried not, but ran crying out by words,


Christmas with Augustine

Image via Wikipedia This is and excerpt from a sermon by St. Augustine (Sermo 185: PL 38, 997-999) on the mystery of the incarnation which is used by some on Christmas: Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man. You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would


Augustine on Schism

I tell you of a truth, my Beloved, even in these high seats there is both wheat, and tares, and among the laity there is wheat, and tares. Let the good tolerate the bad; let the bad change themselves, and imitate the good. Let us all, if it may be so, attain to God; let us all through His mercy escape the evil of this world. Let us seek after good days, for we are now in evil days; but in the evil days let us not blaspheme, that so we may be able to arrive at the good

Augustine / Theology

S.P.O.O.F. The Five Points of Augustinianism

The Five Points of Augustinianism 03-01-2014, 11:33 PM (this article was published in the Predestinarian Web Site by my dear brother and personal friend Robert Higby in March 1, 2014. It is only part of an extensive five part study on Augustine – WARNING: This is not for the faint of heart die hard fan of Gus) Point One of SPOOF: Augustine’s Doctrine of ’S’ubjective JustificationTo begin this study, it is essential to rehearse the Pauline doctrine of God’s Grace in Justification: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God


Augustine’s use of Romans 1.25

But I set not my mind on the idols of Egypt, whom they served with Thy gold, who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.1 Augustine pulls this directly from Romans 1.25: They have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and have offered reverence and worship to created things instead of to the Creator. Blessed is he for ever, Amen. (REB) I have not researched all of Augustine’s use of this singular verse, but it is interesting he uses it at least here, correctly, to refer

Augustine / Media

Augustine and Breaking Bad

When, therefore, we inquire why a crime was committed, we do not believe it, unless it appear that there might have been the wish to obtain some of those which we designated meaner things, or else a fear of losing them. For truly they are beautiful and comely, although in comparison with those higher and celestial goods they be abject and contemptible. A man has murdered another; what was his motive? He desired his wife or his estate; or would steal to support himself; or he was afraid of losing something of the kind by him; or, being injured,


Help in Reading Augustine’s Confessions

I’m posting this primarily for myself, for later use, but feel free to use them. Cliff notes Study questions 1 Study questions 2