Augustine’s use of Romans 1.25

St Augustine of Hippo
St Augustine of Hippo (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

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.

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 to idol worshiping rather than the notion of homosexuality.

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2 Replies to “Augustine’s use of Romans 1.25”

  1. Interesting. But Augustine certainly refers to Romans 1 in “Confessions” in a less nuanced manner:

    “But Thou avengest that which men perpetrate against themselves, seeing also that when they sin against Thee, they do wickedly against their own souls; and iniquity gives itself the lie, either by corrupting or perverting their nature, which Thou hast made and ordained, or by an immoderate use of things permitted, or in “burning” in things forbidden to that use which is against nature; or when convicted, raging with heart and voice against Thee…”

    1. Given Augustine’s notions of idols and the whatnot, could this still be in the same line? If our nature was good and naturally inclined to God, then the perversion would be that we swing away from God to serve idols

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