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What does "persecute with cups" refer to in Augustine's first homily on 1 John?

“Calcibus” is the ablative or dative plural of calx, which means “limestone” (from which we get the term “calcium”) or, alternatively, “heel.” I believe the translator mistook “calcibus” for “...
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Which translation of Augustine's Confessions is the easiest to read in English?

This question has long been of interest to me, and I've investigated it on a number of occasions in the past -- never quite in a "scientific" way, though. This looks to be a fruitful question, even if ...
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What is the source of this quote from St. Augustine?

The problem with references to church fathers is that they get paraphrased from time to time. Sometimes you will just have to look in Augustine for similar terminology and see if you can find the ...
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In which writing(s) did Augustine assert that God exists outside of time?

Augustine addresses this question in at least the Confessions and the City of God. In book 11 of the Confessions he deals with the subject of time extensively, and ultimately he decides that it is ...
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Why doesn't the Orthodox church consider Saint Augustine Doctor and Father?

There is a certain amount of freedom within the various Christian Churches to employ or ascribe certain titles to particular saints or blessed in their own way (or traditions). The title of Doctor ...
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Where did Augustine say that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect?

This quote does come from Augustine, but its application to the doctrine of purgatory seems to be the work of Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas (who mistakenly attributes it to Gregory the Great) quotes ...
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St. Augustine and woman sexuality?

This quote is often attributed to one of the early church fathers, usually to Bernard of Clairvaux or Saint Augustine, although the earliest reference in print was in 1896. There is no historical ...
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Was there a non-Augustinian response to universalism in the early Church?

Two church fathers who (a) reject Origen's universal salvation and (b) are not influenced by Augustine are Basil (d. 379) and Chrysostom (d. 407). Their theological systems, however, are not nearly ...
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Why would orthodox Christians consider Christian Science unorthodox if it essentially a mix of Augustine and healing?

This quote from catholic.com sums up why a Catholic group considers it unorthodox pretty well: Christian Science purports to be a Christian organization. It borrows heavily from the Christian ...
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Why doesn't the Orthodox church consider Saint Augustine Doctor and Father?

Here is the short version of the answer: The Orthodox church believes that Augustine gave a personal tint to his theology, thus deviating from the rest of the earlier patristic fathers, especially ...
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Where did Augustine say "It is certain that few are saved"?

The reference is probably to Augustine's Sermon 61, on Luke 13:21–24 – in which Jesus compares the kingdom of God to leaven in bread, and references the narrow gate. Augustine says: “The three ...
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What did Augustine mean by "The OT is the NT concealed. The NT is the OT revealed."?

The Old Testament points forward to the coming of the promised Redeemer, the Serpent-crusher of Genesis, the Prophet like Moses, the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, the Son of David, the Messiah of ...
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Why would orthodox Christians consider Christian Science unorthodox if it essentially a mix of Augustine and healing?

I will enumerate all of Mr. G.K. Chesterton's (the man who wrote the book on Orthodoxy) differences here: It is a "purely spiritual" form of Christianity. the essential difference between ...
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What color was Augustine's skin?

It is my understanding that "Black Africans" are sub-saharan in origin. See: Bantu Migration Theory. Look at the appearances of ancient Egyptians and whatnot. They were not black --- they considered ...
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How prominent was "prosperity theology" in the early church?

Your question is interesting and it is something that I have talked about a lot Since I was part of that movement in the early 90s and left it only to eventually begin studying Early Church history ...
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Where does this Augustine quote come from?

Based on a google book search, I believe this quote comes from: Title: Masterpieces of World Philosophy in Summary Form, Volume 1 Editor: Frank Northen Magill Publisher: Salem Press, 1961 It appears ...
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Why doesn't the Orthodox church consider Saint Augustine Doctor and Father?

Augustine is found on the calendar of saints of the Orthodox Church, although some of his teachings are viewed as simply theological opinion, and these are generally rejected by the Orthodox Church. ...
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Where does Augustine say that Adam and Eve were in Eden for just six hours before sinning?

Did Augustine say six hours, and if so, where? Probably not. Finally, Calvin erroneously claims Augustine for the view that Adam and Eve fell after a mere six hours. (emphasis added) This is ...
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Missing work of St. Augustine in Latin?

Though it was historically attributed to Augustine, this letter was actually written by Fulgentius of Ruspe in the early 6th century. It appears in English in volume 95 of the series The Fathers of ...
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Why would orthodox Christians consider Christian Science unorthodox if it essentially a mix of Augustine and healing?

Christian Science contains elements of four heresies that were condemned in the early Church, especially gnosticism: Gnosticism: the denial and/or denigration of the material world There is no ...
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What work of Augustine is Aquinas Citing Here?

The English translation of that passage is incomplete. The Latin of Summa Theologica I q. 1 a. 10 says …ut dicit Augustinus in epistola contra Vincentium Donatistam. …as St. Augustine says in his ...
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Why did St. Monica defer St. Augustine's baptism?

Theology of Baptism in the North African Early Church Although infant baptism was practiced in the early church prior to Augustine (b. AD 354), there seemed to be a movement against infant baptism at ...
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Did St. Augustine warn us about interpreting the Bible in a way which harms science?

Did St. Augustine warn us about interpreting the bible in a way which harms science? It is not so much that St. Augustine is warning us against interpreting Scriptures in a way that harms science, but ...
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Did St. Augustine warn us about interpreting the Bible in a way which harms science?

That's not exactly what St. Augustine said. De Genesi ad Litteram pp. 186-7 (lib. 1 cap. 19 n. 39): …it frequently happens that even non-Christians will have knowledge of this sort in a way that they ...
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Did St. Augustine warn us about interpreting the Bible in a way which harms science?

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) did not live in the Age of Science, as we do today. Nor was the word 'science' yet coined in any language, so any translation of his words which pops in 'science' is not ...
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What did Augustine mean by "The OT is the NT concealed. The NT is the OT revealed."?

Jesus spoke to two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke: 25 He said to them, “How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Didn’t the Messiah ...
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What did Augustine mean by "The OT is the NT concealed. The NT is the OT revealed."?

The OT is the NT concealed. This has similarities to Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things; by the selfsame sacrifices which they ...
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Which doctrine was formalised first: Infant Baptism or Original Sin?

Was Infant Baptism practiced before the development of the idea of Original Sin? Ultimately it is not possible to historically know for with any great amount of surety as the two seem to be based on ...
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Was Augustine opposed to the death penalty?

Henry Chadwick translates the relevant passage: A man enjoying a reputation for eloquence takes his position before a human judge with a crowd of men standing round and attacks his opponent with ...
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