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Augustine on the hope of groaning creation

Mamerto A. Alfeche

Augustine on the hope of groaning creation

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Published by University of San Agustin Pub. House in Iloilo City, Philippines .
Written in English

  • Augustine, -- Saint, Bishop of Hippo,
  • Resurrection -- History of doctrines

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 411-433) and index.

    StatementMamerto A. Alfeche.
    LC ClassificationsBR65.A9 A475 2006
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 440 p. ;
    Number of Pages440
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24071954M
    ISBN 109789710381067
    LC Control Number2006425113

    Augustine is attempting to defend the goodness of life and creation in a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so. If humanism is about the positive affirmation of life and the body, then the pagans, in their reaction and actions to the sack of Rome, are anti-humanists. There is also a temptation to introduce human traditions that are not in the Scriptures and make them tests of orthodoxy. These terms reflect a sense of tension, or even of painful stretching, that the perception of time creates. From beginning to end, his faith was a walk with God that could only be expressed as a dialogue between two spirits. Yet as we know, what must have appeared then as a fairly insignificant ministry in a provincial town became the backdrop for the most productive life any theologian in the Western world has ever lived.

    If all what the Bible says is true about the new cosmos, how wonderful must it be! Now hope that is seen is not hope. Augustine is not sure, regarding the waters over which the Spirit of God moved, "whether by the name of water the author of Genesis 1 wished to designate all bodily matter in order in this way to suggest from what have been made and fashioned all the things that we recognize in their kinds, calling it 'water,' because it is from moist nature that we see all the things on earth to be fashioned and to grow according to their various kinds, or whether he wished to designate a certain spiritual life [of the angels] fluctuating as it were before the form of its conversion. This is not as much a commentary on the superiority of Christianity to paganism though it obviously includes that as much as it is a commentary on the nature of life and who can see the positivity and goodness of life even in the most dark times and trying of circumstances. The fact that our minds possess memory, intellect, and will—all of which can be distinguished but not separated, and which are all equally important if we are to love God, our neighbors, and ourselves as we are called to do—is additional evidence of the coherence of the Creator and his creation. As a result, his exegesis is often faulty and cannot be trusted.

    If the Manicheans had reasoned properly, and come to the rightful conclusion that matter is good, they would not have come to the conclusion that matter is evil, by extension, implying that God is evil unless one adopts a dualism which, as mentioned, is heretical. But if they therefore love that because it is trueit is now both theirs and mine, since it is common to all the lovers of truth. Augustine conjectures, without wanting to impose his opinion even upon himself, that the organized state of the things in the universe might be called, in the terminology of Genesis, "the world," while heaven and earth in Gen represent the raw material, the "seed," as it were, of the organized heaven and earth, described here in Gen as a mixture of indistinct elements to be given shape and form by God the divine Artist. The City of God is marked by people who forego earthly pleasure to dedicate themselves to the eternal truths of God, now revealed fully in the Christian faith.

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That was an eye-opener and the biggest takeaway for me personally as I read this book. Book XV: an analysis of the events in Genesis between the time of Cain and Abel to the time of the flood.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Book VI—X: A critique of pagan philosophy Book VI: a refutation of the assertion that the pagan gods are to be worshipped for eternal life rather than temporal benefits.

Because I see, that which-soever of these had been said, it might have been said truly ; but which of them he may have thought in these words, I do not so perceive. By understanding God in this way, Augustine not only explained the Trinity but made it a necessary part of the divine being.

Book X: a teaching that the good angels wish that God alone is worshipped and a proof that no sacrifice can lead to purification except that of Christ. When, therefore, we may not contend about the very light of the Lord our Godwhy do we contend about the thoughts of.

Nobody can say why God made the world. At the same time Augustine defends the Christians who helped the pagans in their moment of need as an act of true Christian charity and piety, even if the pagans do not reciprocate the gratefulness of the actions of their Christian saviors.

Book XVI: the progress of the two cities from Noah to Abrahamand the progress of the heavenly city from Abraham to the kings of Israel. No academic chair dedicated to his memory. The world is good because it is the product of Wisdom.

Three functions of the mind relate to this distension: attention, which focuses on the present; memory, which focuses on the past; and expectation, which focuses on the future. As a result, the slight pagan majority and Paganism was more prominently in the western half of the empire than the eastern half which was closer to the birthplace of Christianity in Palestine attacked Christianity for the reason of the sack of Rome and the general problems that the empire was now facing.

What, now, if another should say That this same formlessness and confusion of matter was first introduced under the name of heaven and earth, because out of it this visible world, with all those natures which most manifestly appear in it, and which is wont to be called by the name of heaven and earth, was created and perfected?

And therefore, O Lord, are Your judgments to be dreaded, since Your truth is neither mine, nor his, nor another's, but of all of us, whom Thou publicly callest to have it in common, warning us terribly not to hold it as specially for ourselves, lest we be deprived of it.

Though I will hesitate to say that all theology is purely speculation and therefore possibly useless for everyday lifeits luster has faded in many respects and I am more cautious or more highly skeptical?

This is why Augustine argued in Book VII that evil primarily stems from a lack of understanding — the Manicheans had failed to understand the wisdom and reason to the world, and in doing so, failed to understand its goodness and beauty that comes from having been created in wisdom.

Should ecological concerns be kept separate from priestly duties? Love cannot exist on its own because it is not a thing or an attribute possessed by a thing. Pagans, who had long been attacking Christianity, and then began attacking Christianity again after the fact, were spared only because they had fled into the arms of those whom they strenuously criticized for all the problems of the empire.

This is not as much a commentary on the superiority of Christianity to paganism though it obviously includes that as much as it is a commentary on the nature of life and who can see the positivity and goodness of life even in the most dark times and trying of circumstances.

Now hope that is seen is not hope. Time, for Augustine, is a painful affair, a reflection of the limited material nature of human beings. For he that speaks a liespeaks of his own. Doctrinally, orthodox Christianity rejects both monism materialism only, or idealism only and dualism the separation of good and evil being idealism and materialism respectively — it is therefore inaccurate to characterize Christianity is promoting dualism, although a cursory reading might seem to suggest this dualism is prominent in Gnosticism and various strands of radical Protestantism.

The Purpose of the Universe Augustine further taught that God created the world for a purpose.May 14,  · Handbook on Faith, Hope and Love [Augustine of Hippo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

Written after C.E. to a man named Laurence, this wonderful book by St. Augustine is a short treatise on the proper mode of worshipping God. Following 1 Corinthians 13Author: Augustine of Hippo.

Nov 02,  · For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. [23] And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

[24] For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. And then we get some short discourses on hope and love, which as Augustine says, in a strong confession of faith “springs the good hope of Good primer to the Catholic Faith from Augustine which goes through how the theological virtues infuse God’s saving work into the life of a Christian.4/5.

Sep 27,  · That is what The City of God is. Just as truly as the Confessions are the autobiography of St. Augustine, The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints. That is the substance of the book.

But how is /5. St. Augustine is one of the most significant figures or voices in church history. In seminary I read his Confessions and came to see why it is considered a classic of Christian devotional literature.

In this book Augustine notes, “God has made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Him.” I consider this passage to almost be on the same level as Scripture.

50 Powerful Quotes by Saint Augustine

St. Augustine on Evolution By: Daniel L. Marcum I was recently giving a talk to a Catholic Young Adult group about evolution and Catholic teaching, and one of the points I made was that St.

Augustine believed in a form of theistic.