Augustine Contemplates the City of God

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From the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum comes this amazing illuminated page from De civitate Dei. If you click on it you can zoom and scan to a remarkable level of detail. The illuminations are by Girolamo da Cremona from 1475, and the Morgan describes it this way: “In the lower portion of this sumptuous [Read More...]

St. Augustine’s Medicine For Doubt

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I broke this discussion into two posts because I didn’t want Augustine’s greater point to get lost in his fit of pique. Instead, I want to draw your focus back to the first paragraph of the passage I cite from City of God Book 2: If only the weak understanding of the ordinary man did [Read More...]

St. Augustine is Annoyed: Or, Don’t Wrestle With a Pig

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There are a number of things that draw people to St. Augustine: the power of his prose, the clarity of his faith, his humanizing struggles, and his centrality to Christian doctrine. No other saint (or, indeed, any single figure of the ancient world) left us so many words, and in these words we find an [Read More...]

St. Augustine Asks the Hard Questions Atheists Don’t Ask UPDATED

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It’s fun to read or listen to super-duper-smart professional atheists (well, they think they’re smart) banging on about the book of Genesis. It’s a useful issue for them, because the primeval history in scripture is mysterious, complex, and rich in symbolism. So, naturally, Reason Warriors approach it with the childish literalism of a young-earth creationist. Perhaps this works for them [Read More...]

Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine (Trailer)

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St. Augustine and the Jews

I concluded my semester on St. Augustine with this essay on a challenging subject: Augustine’s doctrine of Jewish witness. What follows delves deeply into difficult waters, exploring early Christian-Jewish relations and anti-Jewish polemic. The way a 4th century Christian spoke of the Jews is not the way the Church speaks of them today. Augustine’s characterization [Read More...]

St. Augustine on the Combox Troll

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m working on my Masters in Theology and taking classes this semester on St. Augustine and the Old Testament. Reading City of God, right there in the first paragraph of Book XV, Augie peers into the future and describes the average anti-Catholic combox troll: The time at my disposal [Read More...]


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