Category Archives: St. Augustine

Augustine on the Apocrypha

I thought this was interesting. Like some other Fathers (though I don’t think all), Augustine makes a careful distinction between books received by the Church as being the very words of God, whose authority cannot be doubted in any respect, … Continue reading

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Renaissance Personalism and Augustine

Discussing the concept of the will as man’s fundamental feature, a concept profoundly shaped by Augustine’s Confessions, Charles Trinkaus points out the very different use of Augustine’s ideas which Renaissance writers such as Petrarch fostered, which differed greatly from Augustine’s … Continue reading

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Augustinian Ambiguity (II)

Following on my previous three or four posts about Augustinian politics, let me say that I fully believe in and support Christian education, and I do not believe that secular education is a good thing. I agree in general terms … Continue reading

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Augustinian Ambiguity (I)

Augustine’s masterwork City of God raises terribly fascinating questions of what type of society Christians should seek to have, and how consistently they should pursue it. Joining education with social vision and maintenance (as both secular and Christian education do) … Continue reading

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Divinized Politics (Augustine on Images, II)

In the entry below “Augustine and Images,” I mentioned that Augustine’s City of God “de-divinizes” politics. This is a such a fascinating thought that I wanted to give it its own post, especially in light of a certain error of … Continue reading

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Augustine and the Antithesis (II)

More from Augustine showing a clearness of thought about the usefulness of “pagan philosophy” that we ourselves often don’t have: In City of God VIII.10, Augustine mentions that some people “whose education has been confined to the study of the … Continue reading

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Augustine and Images

In City of God IV.31, VII.5, and VII.27-VII.29, Augustine makes some interesting points about the corrupting influence of images on true religion. The remarks are part of his extended critique of pagan “civil” and “natural” religion. At the moment I … Continue reading

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Religion and Civil Order

You often hear educated unbelievers claiming that religion is nothing more than a social tool used by those who hold power to keep the uneducated in line. While it’s tempting apologetically speaking to go off on that suggestion, it may … Continue reading

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Having the Name Without the Reality

Augustine cites Cicero on the destruction of the Roman Republic via the decline of traditional morality. There are some interesting parallels with modern America, to be sure: …the great leaders could not have founded, or could not have so long … Continue reading

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When Our Only Possessions in Death Are the Pleasures We Have Gulped Down in Life

In City of God II.20, is Augustine talking about ancient Rome, or about the modern Western world? But the worshippers and admirers of these gods delight in imitating their scandalous iniquities, and are nowise concerned that the republic be less … Continue reading

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