28
Jul
08

The Ultimate Augustine (Audio)

The Ultimate Augustine

“Hi. This is Chris. You guys know we do that www.apologetics.com radio show on KKLA 99.5 in Los Angeles right? Anyway, here’s the one on Augustine, cuz… Augustine rocks.

“There has been perhaps no greater influence on post-biblical Christianity than Augustine. His thought dominated the Christian Church for more than eight hundred years. Many see the Protestant Reformation itself as a revival of Augustinian thought. His doctrines of the sacraments, the Church, salvation, ethics, and politics still tick in the clockwork of Evangelical thought. His “City of God” and “Confessions” are two of the most influential books in human history, and some go so far as to say that he “invented” the autobiography. With this, his epic struggles against the Pelagians, the Donatists, the Academics, Dualists, and Pagans shape and define the practice of later apologists from Aquinas to Pascal. As yet, there has been no more vigorous voice nor effective spokesman for Christianity than Augustine. Christopher Neiswonger and Lindsay Brooks.”

The Apologetics.com Radio broadcast of the Ultimate Augustine Show (click me)

02
Jan
08

And restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease

 From: The Confessions

“Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold,
Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee.augustine1.jpgaugustine1.jpg
Thou was with me when I was not with Thee.
Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness.
Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispell my blindness.
Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace.
For Thyself Thou hast made us,
And restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease.
Late have I loved Thee, Thou Beauty ever old and ever new.
Thou hast burst my bonds asunder;

Unto Thee will I offer up an offering of praise.”

Aurelius Augustinus

James E. Kiefer
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/50.html

26
Dec
07

Augustine and biblical interpretation « Green Bagginses

Augustine and biblical interpretation « Green Bagginses

Augustine and biblical interpretation 

“Augustine says this in Book 1, chapter 2: “The purpose of all the Catholic commentators I have been able to read on the divine books of both testaments, who have written before me on the trinity which God is…”

The version I have is translated by Edmund Hill, who has a footnote here which I find extremely to the point: “It is worth noting that Augustine takes it for granted that to write on the Trinity was to interpret the Scriptures. There was no question of dogmatic writers and bible commentators belonging to different species.” I couldn’t agree more. It is a fun quote, is it not?”

Lane Keister

19
Dec
07

Augustine On Spirit and Letter

 Augustine On Spirit and Letter

“How are the “doers of the law justified” (Rom 2)? Augustine explains that “they are not otherwise doers of the law, unless they be justified, so that justification does not subsequently accrue to them as doers of the law, but justification precedes them as doers of the law” (26.45). The phrase “being justified” simply means “being made righteous” by Him, of course, who justifies the ungodly man, that he may become a godly one instead (26.45). He does, however, recognize the possibility that “justified” here is used in a declarative sense: “They shall be deemed, or reckoned as just, as it is predicated of a certain man in the Gospel,” “But he, willing to justify himself,” “meaning that he wished to be thought and accounted just” (26.45).”

Peter Leithart

http://www.leithart.com/archives/001253.php

18
Dec
07

Pope Reads Augustine, Converts to Christianity

Pope Reads Augustine, Converts to Christianity

ROME, ITALY – No matter how long you are in the news business, there are some things you just cannot predict.

TBNN has learned of a scandal going on within the Vatican. Although no official announcement has yet been made, our sources tell us that Pope Benedict has converted to Christianity. How could this happen? How could the leader of the Roman Catholic Faith convert to another religion? The Pope’s journey is interesting and educating for us all. Several months ago, the Vatican began encouraging all Catholics to read great Catholic theologians. The thought was that this would increase the people’s faith in the work of Rome. Possible authors included Thomas Aquinas, Johann Eck, Karl Rahner, and Mel Gibson.

In the midst of all this, one thing occurred which no one could predict. The Pope himself began to read Augustine. The Pope apparently did not realize that both Catholics and Protestants claim him as one of their great theologians. The Pontiff reportedly started by reading “Confessions.” One source told us that he couldn’t put the book down and was late to a mass because of it.

Augustine’s journey through his “Confessions” apparently resonated with the Pope. He quickly moved on to “The City of God.” We have learned that he finished that book in just three nights.

Protestants have never claimed that Augustine’s theology was purely biblical. He made some mistakes along the way. However, he also greatly affected Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other Reformers for the good. His stress on the sovereignty of God could be heard throughout the turmoil of the 1500’s. We at TBNN assume that Pope Benedict did not know that Augustine had such impact upon Luther, etc. We don’t think Luther has yet been declared a favorite son of the Vatican.

Pope Benedict’s journey through Augustine was completed when he tackled “On the Trinity.” The Pope reportedly struggled a great deal with this one because the Virgin Mother does not play an important role in this text. In fact, she is not mentioned as a significant part of the God-head at all. She is not even mentioned as Co-Redemptrix.

This is when things got out of hand. Due to the influence of Augustine, Pope Benedict began to read the bible. He learned about the grace and sufficiency of Christ. Furthermore, he couldn’t find any mention of the immaculate conception, the assumption of Mary, transubstantiation, extreme unction, purgatory, or even a Pope. He couldn’t even find anything about those funky, red Cardinal outfits.

After finishing the books of Genesis, John, and Romans, the Pope experienced what can only be called a “dark night of the soul” that lasted for three days. He neither ate nor drank. He remained in his quarters praying and singing.

What happened next is difficult to believe, but has been verified by three different sources. The Pope came out of his room after the third night with a big smile on his face. He addressed the Cardinals in normal, everyday clothing (khakis and a Polo shirt), and told them that after reading Augustine and the bible, he had become a Christian.

It is difficult to determine with clarity what occurred after that. The Vatican is being extremely secretive about it. We do know that there was a large argument within the body of Cardinals about it. Some were excited while others were aghast. The Pope himself seemed to be filled with joy.

Pope Benedict has scheduled a public speech in front of St. Peter’s Basilica this coming Friday afternoon. We do not know what he will say, but TBNN has heard rumors about the title of the address. It will be called, “I read Augustine, and now I don’t get the Mass.”

Posted by Elder Eric

http://tominthebox.blogspot.com/2007/12/pope-reads-augustine-converts-to.html

18
Dec
07

Augustine of Hippo on the Incarnation « Prydain

Augustine of Hippo on the Incarnation « Prydain
Augustine of Hippo on the Incarnation
Filed under: The Fathers and others on the Incarnation — Will @ 9:18 am

This first quote is a repost from Advent 2004–a short but meaningful excerpt from a sermon by Augustine of Hippo:
He by whom all things were made was made one of all things. The Son of God by the Father without a mother became the Son of man by a mother without a father. The Word Who is God before all time became flesh at the appointed time. The maker of the sun was made under the sun. He Who fills the world lays in a manger, great in the form of God but tiny in the form of a servant; this was in such a way that neither was His greatness diminished by His tininess, nor was His tininess overcome by His greatness. (St. Augustine, Sermon 187)

Here is another quote from Augustine–this one from De Trinitate, chap.2:

For perhaps our meaning will be more plainly unfolded, if we ask in what manner God sent His Son. He commanded that He should come, and He, complying with the commandment, came. Did He then request, or did He only suggest? But whichever of these it was, certainly it was done by a word, and the Word of God is the Son of God Himself. Wherefore, since the Father sent Him by a word, His being sent was the work of both the Father and His Word; therefore the same Son was sent by the Father and the Son, because the Son Himself is the Word of the Father. For who would embrace so impious an opinion as to think the Father to have uttered a word in time, in order that the eternal Son might thereby be sent and might appear in the flesh in the fullness of time? But assuredly it was in that Word of God itself which was in the beginning with God and was God, namely, in the wisdom itself of God, apart from time, at what time that wisdom must needs appear in the flesh. Therefore, since without any commencement of time, the Word was in the beginning, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, it was in the Word itself without any time, at what time the Word was to be made flesh and dwell among us. And when this fullness of time had come, “God sent His Son, made of a woman,” that is, made in time, that the Incarnate Word might appear to men; while it was in that Word Himself, apart from time, at what time this was to be done; for the order of times is in the eternal wisdom of God without time.

http://prydain.wordpress.com/

17
Dec
07

Augustine: “to judge the living and the dead”

“Advent: Augustine”

“From a sermon by Augustine of Hippo (354-430), concerning the final advent of Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead:

The first coming of Christ the Lord, God’s Son and our God, was in obscurity; the second will be in sight of the whole world. When he came in obscurity no one recognized him but his own servants; when he comes openly he will be known by both good people and bad. When he came in obscurity it was to be judged; when he comes openly it will be to judge. He was silent at his trial, as the prophet foretold: “He was like a sheep led to the slaughter, like a lamb before his shearers. He did not open his mouth.” But, “Our God will come openly; our God will come and not keep silence.” Silent when accused, he will not be silent as judge. And he is not silent now. By no means; when people of today recognize his voice and despise him, Scripture assures us he will not be silent…

But if he always gave sentence now, there would be nothing left for the Day of Judgment. That is why much is kept for that day; but in order to put fear of God into those whose cases are deferred, that they might be converted, some judgments are made here and now. Yet it is clear that God takes no pleasure in condemning. His desire is to save, and he bears patiently with evil people in order to make them good. Still, we have the Apostle’s warning, “The wrath of God will be revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and God will reward each one according to his deeds”…Do you despise him and think his judgment a matter of no account because he is good to you, because he is long-suffering and bears with you patiently, because he delays the day of reckoning and does not destroy you out of hand? “Do you not know that the patience of God is meant to lead you to repentance?”

posted by Joel
sacradoctrina.blogspot.com