Tag: Augustine

Worldly Ambition and Dissatisfaction: St. Augustine, Part 4

Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) was a gifted rhetorician and after teaching in his hometown of Thagaste for some time, he opened a school in Carthage. But Carthage’s unruly students and a personal hope for greater success elsewhere soon motivated Augustine to leave for Rome. In moving to the Eternal City, Augustine believed that a man of his ability could…

Exploring Manichaeism: St. Augustine, Part 3

In his search for an alternative to catholic Christianity, Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) turned to a religious sect known as Manichaeism, which promised to synthesize Christ’s “true” teachings with classical wisdom. The Manichees1 followed the teaching of Mani (AD 216–277), a Persian religious leader who was crucified for claiming to be the Paraclete and restorer of the true teaching…

Augustine on the creation days of Genesis:

What kind of days these are is difficult or even impossible for us to imagine, to say nothing of describing them.

— Augustine, City of God, trans. Henry Bettenson (New York: Penguin Classics, 1984), book 11, chapter 6, 436.

 

Three Christian Classics

When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food. —Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Renaissance scholar and theologian Reading books has been an obsession of mine since my conversion to Christianity as a college sophomore. I sensed my mind really mattered in serving the Lord; so I began a serious pursuit of…

Ten Historic Christian Theological Texts

Throughout history, these theological books have impacted both the church and the world. I chose these works in order to provide a broad scope of historic Christian thought, although I do not necessarily agree with every point these authors make. But whatever your branch of Christendom or denominational attachment, I do encourage you to consider these books for your theological…

Review of “Engaging Unbelief” by Curtis Chang

People often ask me for book recommendations, particularly on the topics of philosophy and theology. One that I continue to recommend is Curtis Chang’s Engaging Unbelief for its attention to the often-overlooked field of historical theology. I reviewed this important apologetics book a couple of years ago and offer it again here.

Quote of the Week: Saint Augustine, 2

 But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in him but in myself and his other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error. —Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1992), bk. 1, 20.

Quote of the Week: Saint Augustine

“Man is one of your creatures, Lord, and his instinct is to praise you….The thought of you stirs him so deeply that he cannot be content unless he praises you, because you made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.” —Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1992), bk.…

Logic 101: Ridicule Fallacy, Part 5 (of 12)

Ever heard the expression “the joke’s on you”? I once attended a debate between two biblical scholars where one scholar held liberal views of Scripture and Christianity, while the other was an evangelical and quite conservative both biblically and theologically. The liberal scholar came across as personable and humorous; his arguments, however, were less than cogent. In contrast, the evangelical…