Category Archives: St. Augustine

Augustine and the Antithesis

Yet another note on the Van Tillian caricature of the Church Fathers as people who rather unfortunately did not recognize that they were “co-opting” the Faith with pagan philosophy: Augustine notes that disproving the pagan arguments about the gods’ benevolence … Continue reading

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Augustine on Suicide

Augustine’s argument against suicide is intriguing. He thinks that Christ’s summary of the Law, “You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself,” implies that the Christian has no right to commit suicide. This is because suicide is (self) murder, … Continue reading

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Augustine and Postmodernism: Treatment or Betrayal?

In a set of essays to be published this Fall, Au lieu de soi-même (“In [the] Place of the Self”), the French-Catholic postmodern philosopher Jean-Luc Marion turns his formidable intellect away from the ground-breaking Cartesian and Phenomenological studies that have … Continue reading

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Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine on Virtue, Vice, and the Human Will

In the Medieval World course I took last semester, one of my professors made a casual remark about comparing Augustine, Plato, and Aristotle’s understanding of virtue, vice, and the human will. Nothing more was said, but what little was said … Continue reading

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Augustine and Plato’s Cave

Nothing original or penetrating here; just some observations of mine on St. Augustine’s use of Neoplatonic categories to describe his journey toward God’s love. I wouldn’t stand by these noticings with great confidence, so if anyone has better ideas please … Continue reading

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Introducing Some Sanity into the Protestant Creation Wars

Just one more thing I don’t have time to follow up on right now (I have exams this coming week)…. If you’re tired of the “creation wars” that are presently ripping some quarters of Protestantism to shreds, there is a … Continue reading

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Augustine Vs. Timaeus (?)

In Book XI, Chapter 5 of his Confessions, it looks to me like without mentioning Plato or anything about Platonism Augustine is criticizing Plato’s creation account in the Timaeus. The phrases Augustine uses, the issues he highlights, could have been … Continue reading

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God’s Word and God’s world

In On Christian Doctrine III.10.14, St. Augustine has famously told us that “Whatever there is in the word of God that cannot, when taken literally, be referred either to purity of life or soundness of doctrine, you may set down … Continue reading

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St. Augustine and the Birdlime

In the Confessions,:”(Unless otherwise noted, all citations in this paper are from the Confessions of Saint Augustine, trans., Rex Warner [New York: Penguin Books, 2001].)”: St. Augustine paints a beautifully Christianized Neoplatonic portrait of the soul’s relationship to God. The … Continue reading

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St. Augustine and Colossians 2:8

St. Augustine reports the remark of Simplicianus upon hearing that Augustine had been reading the books of the Platonists: “he congratulated me for not having fallen upon the writings of other philosophers full of fallacies and deceits, after the rudiments … Continue reading

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