Questions on works and thought St. Augustine of Hippo, an early Christian author, philosopher and theologian, and their reflections in doctrine of various denominations.

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Is “Love God and do whatever you please” scriptural?

St Augustine is famous for this quote, the full quote being: "Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved." I've ...
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Did Augustine often complain that his contemporaries burdened the church with their traditions?

In Martin Luther's Table Talk we find: Augustine was the ablest and purest of all the doctors, but he could not of himself bring back things to their original condition, and he often complains ...
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What of Augustine's ecclesiology was rejected in the Reformation?

BB Warfield is famous for saying that the Reformation was a triumph of Augustine's soteriology over his ecclesiology. For those who believe that Augustine's ecclesiology was rejected in the ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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How did Augustine of Hippo feel about Jerome's Latin translation of the Bible (the Vulgate)?

Augustine and Jerome wrote several epistles to one another. In these epistles, how did Augustine feel about Jerome producing the Latin Vulgate? What were his concerns?
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What color was Augustine's skin?

Ok, let me start by saying I don't think more or less of a person because of the color of their skin. I consider racism to be both misguided and a sin. But, when I visualize a person, I like to think ...
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Why do people die but angels do not, but both have sinned?

In City of God, Book XIII, Ch. 1, Augustine wrote, Having disposed of the very difficult questions concerning the origin of our world and the beginning of the human race, the natural order ...
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What translation of Augustine's Confessions is the easiest to read in English?

Not all translations are created equal, and often the public domain ones freely available online are some of the worst. Augustine fans out there - whose translation of Confessions or City of God is ...
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What is Augustine's original of Tolstoy's “Three Hermits” story?

Leo Tolstoy's charming short story Three Hermits (Три старца) of 1886 has frequently been cited in academic and popular works about prayer. I don't want to spoil the ending - the (short!) text can be ...
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What was Jerome's defense for translating the Hebrew word קִיקָיוֹן (kikayon) in Jonah 4:6, etc. into Latin as hedera?

In the Vulgate translation of Jonah 4:6-7, 4:9-10, Jerome translated the Hebrew word קִיקָיוֹן (kikayon) into Latin as hedera, which is the equivalent of the English word "ivy." Some, including ...
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Quote about judging “a man by his post” from the City of God, according to Alain de Botton

A few years ago, the philosopher Alain de Botton gave a TED talk on "A kinder, gentler philosophy of success" where he quotes St. Augustine supposedly having written in the City of God that "It's a ...