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Which 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 is the best in ...
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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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What is the scriptural basis for "Love God and do whatever you please"?

This quote has been attributed to St. Augustine, referring to what he said in a sermon on 1 John 4:4-12: See what we are insisting upon; that the deeds of men are only discerned by the root of ...
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Difference between Augustinianism and Calvinism

Is there a difference between Augustinianism and (Five Points) Calvinism as they relate to the doctrine of salvation? If so, what is the difference?
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Are there any writings from the church fathers teaching Original Sin before Augustine?

It has been said by some that Augustine was the first to teach Original Sin, "It was Augustine (354-430 A.D.) who first promoted the idea that; "the fallen nature of Adam was transmitted ...
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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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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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How prominent was "prosperity theology" in the early church?

Prosperity theology, or the "health and wealth gospel," is a recent movement that teaches that God promises material blessings, in this life, to those who have faith in him and who do his will. ...
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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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Did Augustine believe in Purgatory?

Purgatory was one of the doctrines the Reformers reacted most strongly against, though many Reformers claimed Augustine of Hippo as being in agreement with their theology. Did Augustine teach a ...
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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 that ...
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Was Augustine opposed to the death penalty?

In Henry Chadwick's translation of the Confessions, I find him making a surprising claim: Like most of the Church Fathers, Augustine was against capital punishment. (page 21) The context is ...
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What does St. Augustine mean by predestination?

St. Augustine says somewhere (quoted in the old Catholic Encyclopedia): Predestination is nothing else than the foreknowledge and foreordaining of those gracious gifts which make certain the ...
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Who is Augustine arguing against in his Confessions, book 12?

In Augustine's Confessions, book XII, chapters xvi–xvii (23–24), he writes about his disagreements with others over the proper interpretation of the Creation account in Genesis 1. Augustine holds that ...
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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 requires ...
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Did Luther have any disagreements with the teachings of Augustine of Hippo?

Did Luther have any disagreements with the teachings of Augustine of Hippo? The Wikipedia page on Luther doesn't mention any, and from my limited knowledge of Luther's books, I can't recall any either....
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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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Where does Augustine say that Adam and Eve were in Eden for just six hours before sinning?

In Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, he spends some time dealing with the question of how long Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden together before they sinned. He writes: The opinion has been ...
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Where does this famous St. Augustine quote about the repentant thief come from?

There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like: No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I ...
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In which writing(s) did Augustine assert that God exists outside of time?

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, on the entry for “Eternity,” §3 (“The Eternalist View”), it is stated, So, beginning with Augustine and Boethius, many thinkers have held the ...
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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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Where does this Augustine quote come from?

"Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained" -Augustine Which work is this from?
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Why doesn't the Orthodox church consider Saint Augustine Doctor and Father?

Saint Augustine (Doctor Gratiae) is considered by Catholic and Anglican churches as: one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. (...
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Where did Augustine say that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect?

I've seen it quoted on internet sites that Augustine said that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect. Supposedly he meant by this that the fires of Purgatory and Hell are the same. ...
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What does "persecute with cups" refer to in Augustine's first homily on 1 John?

Augustine, in his first homily on 1 John has a phrase that reads: ut passiones martyrum imitetur, non eos calcibus persequamur! Online it is translated: that we should imitate the sufferings of ...
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Was there a non-Augustinian response to universalism in the early Church?

Most are aware of Augustine's abandonment of his universalism and his later adoption of eternal conscious torment in literal fire. His rejection of universalism is ultimately founded upon a ...
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What was Augustine's soteriology?

Can someone provide a summary of Augustine's soteriological views, and their differences from contemporary views? I'm particularly interested in a comparison of Augustine's soteriology with the ...
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Why did Augustine attempt to stop Christians from walking barefoot?

In The Confessions, Augustine relates the story of an ascetic named Alypius who "tamed his body" to such an extent that "he went barefoot on the icy soil of Italy" (IX.vi). Henry Chadwick notes: ...
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Where can I find the source of Augustine's "Disturbers are to be rebuked" quote?

There is a fairly famous quote that begins "Disturbers are to be rebuked, the low-spirited to be encouraged, the infirm to be supported, objectors confuted..." It is usually attributed to ...
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Did any Jesuit opponents of early Jansenism argue that Augustine was wrong on any points?

Cornelius Jansen is known as the intellectual father of Jansenism, a movement not unlike Calvinism in a few respects, like its emphasis on original sin and predestination. Jansen's book, Augustinus (...
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According to Augustine, what's the difference between regenerate life and that before the fall?

In Augustine's four stages of the Christian life, is the Reborn Man in the same state as the Pre-Fall Man? In which state was Christ the man while on earth? [Editor's note: OP refers to the 4 stages ...
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What is the source of this quote from St. Augustine?

In a sermon many years ago a priest (now dead) quoted a phrase from St Augustine : God was drawn down from heaven by the weight of his love. I realise that this is a translation from Latin & ...
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What is the difference between Docetism and Manichaenism concerning the Incarnation?

I was doing a chapter in the 7th grade Faith and Life Religious Ed books with my students and there was a part about "errors concerning the Incarnation". It covered Arianism and Docetism and the part ...
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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 ...
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What did Augustine mean by "The OT is the NT concealed. The NT is the OT revealed."?

I've read this quote by Augustine several times over the years. Can you give me any examples of both parts of the quote to clarify it for me?
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Where did Augustine say "It is certain that few are saved"?

I've noticed on several sites Augustine is quoted as having said "It is certain that few are saved." Does anybody know the source? I find the quote curious because he ascribes certainty to his ...
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Is the OT unveiled in the entire NT or just the Gospels?

St. Augustine Sayeth: the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New. (paraphrased quote from the Catechism) Just for context, I looked this up and he ...
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What work of Augustine is Aquinas Citing Here?

In Summa Theologica I q. 1 a. 10 ("Whether in Holy Scripture a word may have several senses?") ad 1, Aquinas writes: Thus in Holy Writ no confusion results, for all the senses are founded on one -...
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Missing work of St. Augustine in Latin?

I have been trying to look for a work of St. Augustine in Latin but I have had no luck of finding it. Not only that, I don't think it's been translated to English. It's called "La Fe, Dedicada a Pedro ...
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Why did St. Augustine and St. Thomas endorse ensoulment at 40 or 80 days?

I know the story that they lacked our current biological knowledge. I know the story that they still considered abortion to be a grave evil. These two excuses seem inadequate to me. Regardless, they ...
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What does Augustine mean by the "hymns and psalms" which were introduced into the liturgy?

I am puzzling over a passage in Augustine's Confessions, where he speaks of himself and his mother in the Church at Milan: We were still cold, untouched by the warmth of your Spirit, but were excited ...
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Identifying a source for this C.S. Lewis quote "This also is Thou: neither is this Thou"

In C.S. Lewis's Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer Letter 14 about different ways of conceptualizing God's presence among His creation, balancing between complete otherness and Pantheism. The ...
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Did St. Augustine think sexual pleasure = concupiscence?

Did St. Augustine think sexual pleasure and concupiscence are identical? If not, why do some people seem to think this? Concupiscence is simply a disorder in which the body rebels against the rational ...
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On a Quote of St. Augustine Pertaining to Education

Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul. Does anyone know in which of his ...
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Did Augustine suggest that the differences between Matthew and Luke's genealogies mean Joseph was adopted?

The Bible says that Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus because Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. However, I have heard that Augustine may have suggested that the ...
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St. Augustine's view on transmission of original sin?

What was the St. Augustine's view on transmission of original sin?
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Where can I find an English translation of St. Augustine's Questions on Heptateuch?

Where can I find an English translation for St. Augustine's Quaestiones in Heptateuchum VII (Seven Questions Concerning the Heptateuch)? The passage I'm interested in has the following Latin: Et ...
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Does Augustine ever say that Christians in his time identify their Deus [God] with the Roman deity Saturn?

I first encountered this notion on p. 30 of R.S. Sugirtharajah's book The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters (2001, Cambridge University Press). In reference ...
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Where does Augustine say that the rapture of the saved soul will "flow over" into the glorified body?

In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis writes: What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies ...
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Did St. Augustine believe that Ezekiel 44:1-2 is a prophecy of Mary's perpetual virginity?

According to Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Ezekiel 44:1-2 And he brought me back to the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary, which looked towards the east: and it was shut. And the ...
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