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Augustinianism is not nearly as specific as 5-points, Dordt Calvinism. For instance, I don't know of anyplace where Augustine specifically addresses limited atonement. The largest difference is that Augustine held to single predestination (God chooses the elect, but does not actively reprobate anyone - he simply "passes over" them), while Calvin held to ...


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If I were, for some strange reason, compelled against my will to read Confessions aloud before a crowd, I would choose F. J. Sheed’s translation. In my mind, Sheed not only sufficiently translates the originals into English, but also does the best job with the electrifying high poetry of Augustine's writing. For example, compare Sheed’s translation of Book ...


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The ecclesiology of Augustine and the ecclesiology of the Reformers were both very much products of the times they lived in: In Augustine's case as well as sourcing a basic understanding on ecclesiology from scripture and tradition, any development of his thinking in this area was greatly influenced by the problems the Church had been facing - especially in ...


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Short Answer: In the least, Augustine did not approve of Jerome's preferred translation of the Septuagint (he actually penned two, at least in part), specifically. At most he may have thought it a sin to even use it as scripture. His greatest fear is that it would lead to apparent discrepancies in opinion between Latin and Greek churches and grievously harm ...


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It appears that Augustine believed that purgatory was real, but didn't believe the matter was settled. His agnosticism seems clearest in this passage: It is a matter that may be inquired into, and either ascertained or left doubtful, whether some believers shall pass through a kind of purgatorial fire, and in proportion as they have loved with more or ...


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Five Point Calvinism teaches is based on five key points: Total Depravity Every member of the human race is corrupt in heart, mind, and soul. Unconditional election God has chosen (solely of his own will) some for glory and some for damnation. Limited atonement Christ died only to forgive the sins of those who are called by his name. Irresistible grace ...


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No. Well, at least this appears to be Martin Luther's answer Augustine has sometimes erred and is not to be trusted. Although good and holy, he was yet lacking in the true faith, as well as the other fathers...But when the door was opended for me in Paul, so that I understood what justification by faith is, it was all over with Augustine. ...


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Yes - the wikipedia article on sola fide baldly asserts that Augustine is among the "Church Fathers whom Protestant apologists believe taught the doctrine of Sola Fide (although Catholic and Orthodox apologists quote the same fathers as supporting a justification that includes works)." Confusion in this regard, results from differing definitions of sola ...


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I think the whole NT reveals the old, particularly in explaining OT prophecy. Possible the best example is the Book of Hebrews, since it may well have been written for exactly that purpose. Some examples: To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" Hebrews 1:13, ...


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1,000 years before John Calvin was an idea. After His apologetic battle with Pelagius. Augustine wrote a book called On Grace and Free Will. This was necessitated by two extremes that he saw and had concluded (in agreement with all the fathers before him) that both extremes were in error and he would not be accused (as some were saying) that because of his ...


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Separating history from legend is often tricky. There is a legend stating that while Augustine of Hippo was writing his treatise De Trinitate (about the Trinity), he was walking along the beach and thinking about the Godhead. There he encountered a boy running back and forth between the ocean and a small hole in the sand, filling it with water. When ...


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Docetism can best be thought of as one of the Christological heresies into which Manichaenism falls. Docetism is very specific Christological heresy. It is a Gnostic idea that Jesus was never born, nor was he ever matter. Gnostics believed that all matter was inherently evil, and therefore it was anathema to them that God could become matter. In order to ...


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St. Augustine was referring to the mind that has been "conformed to God" as described in Reading "Mere Christianity" and having a hard time with book III, chapter 12. This is based on established doctrine, common to most denominational views, of Sanctification. Progressive sanctification "Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the ...


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Luther and Augustine seem to have disagreed on: Ecclesiology Purgatory: Augustine believed it, though Luther claimed he "held nothing at all of purgatory." Sacraments: Luther claimed three sacraments, but Augustine expressly called at least six of the seven Catholic sacraments a "sacrament." The canon of scripture: even disregarding Luther's early zeal for ...


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This is a famous spat between Jerome and Augustine. You may have seen "The Very Secret Diary of St Augustine" that has been circulating recently: Correspondence Jerome continues. Infuriating. Do not understand why he does not see my point! Translation of "gourd" vital to understanding of gospels. The argument plays out in a series of their letters. The ...


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Gerald Bonner, in Augustine of Hippo (page 36), says, "There is no reason to suppose that he was of any but Berber stock." Mark Ellingsen writes in The Richness of Augustine (page 7) that there were three main ethnic groups in the region of Augustine's birthplace: Three significant ethnic groups populated the region: Italian immigrants; Children of ...


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As the quotation in the body of your question points out, St. Augustine deduced from the New Testament texts the following definition: "Predestination is the foreknowledge and the preparation of those gifts of God whereby they who are delivered are most certainly delivered."(1) In this definition the word "foreknowledge" is not taken as meaning that God ...


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Augustine wrote hundreds of letters to priests and bishops in the Church. Many of the letters are written in response to questions that he had received from them, some of which Augustine did not necessarily think were worth his time and effort, but were a burden to address, and provide responses to: ~I have not at my disposal sufficient leisure to enter ...


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Angels and humans are not of same essence. Humans are composed of physical bodies and immortal spirits.Humans experience human death.Human death is separation of body and spirit. James 2:26 (NIV) As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. On the other hand, angels are just immortal spirits without physical bodies. ...


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Upon examining the second book of Calvin's Institutes, I found that Calvin and Augustine are pretty much 100% on the same page. Calvin, Institues, 2.5.2 Thus [Augustine] asks, "What is human merit? He who came to bestow not due recompense but free grace, though himself free from sin, and the giver of freedom, found all men sinners" (Augustine, ...


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There are exceptions. King David was a man who loved God, and when he had it in his heart to build God a house, he told Nathan the prophet (2 Samuel 7). Nathan told David, "Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you" (7:3). However, although David loved the Lord supremely, the Lord forbid David to do this thing (1 Chronicles 28:3). So ...


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He's the product of Patricius and St. Monica. Monica Augustine's mother's name, Monica, is Berber ... the names Monnica and Nonnica are found on tombstones in the Libyan language - as such Monnica is the only Berber name commonly used in English From wikipedia citation of Michael Brett and Elizabeth Fentress, The Berbers, Wiley-Blackwell, 1997, ...


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Luther had a very high opinion of St. Augustine. He often spoke about him in his table talks, praised him even: "Augustine was the ablest and purest of all the doctors..." —Luther, Table Talk DXXXI. Reading Luther's table talks you get the sense that Luther admired Augustine, as Augustine seemed to have almost as much cynicism as Luther did ...


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The Ox lists honoring a man (as opposed to God) as one of his objections to honoring those in places of dignity , but I don't know what he's talking about in book 10 of City of God maybe someone else can find it. But here's what Aquinas says about it in the Summa Objection 1. It seems that it does not belong to observance to pay worship and honor ...


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Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and strength. Also love your neighbors, love your enemies" If you love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind and your strength, you will do nothing that offends God. That said, you need to Love God above all and everything ...


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Actually, as per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine_of_Hippo), both parents, Monica and Patricius, were North African Berbers, the former being a Berber Christian, the latter being a citizen of Rome and whose family was classed as belonging to the plebeian clan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelia_%28gens%29). According to this Patricius was ...


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Your assertion that Angels who have sinned do not die is in contrast to: Revelation KJV 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake ...


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I'm not sure we can assuredly answer this without turning to non-Scripture. This is an attempt through Scripture and reason only. There certainly is reason to think that Angels enjoy immortality of some kind. Throughout the thousands of years recorded in the Scriptures, prophecy included, we continuously see the same Angels doing God's work, and those also ...



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