Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series Volume I - The Confessions and Letters of St. Augustine
"The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD marked the beginning of a new era in Christianity. For the first time, doctrines were organized into a single creed. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers did most of their writing during and after this important event in Church history. Unlike the previous era of Christian writing, the Nicene and Post-Nicene era is dominated by a few very important and prolific writers. In Volume I of the 14-volume collected writings of the Nicenes and Post-Nicenes (first published between 1886 and 1889), readers will discover some of the writings of Saint Augustine, recognized as a great religious figure by many Christian sects. He is the patron of the Augustinian monks, who live their lives according to the values found in Augustines writings. In the Confessions, Augustine speaks honestly about his sins as a youth and the saving grace he discovered when he found God. In the Letters, the true personality of Augustine shines through. He is one of the major theological resources of his time, and so through his correspondences, audiences can see what issues plagued the newly unified Christian religion and come to know the man who helped shape Western religion as we know it."
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He prays God for that peace of rest which hath no evening
J ETTSK MB 1 TO HlRMOGlHIANUS
VNbbbidius to Augustus
NSBWDIPS TO AUGUSTIK
Chatter VIIHe deplores his wretchedness that having been born thirtytwo years he had not yet found
HE SPEAKS OF HIS DESIGN OF FORSAKING THE PROFESSION OF RHETORIC OF THE DEATH OF
Of the conversion of Evodius and the death of his mother when returning with him
HAVING MANIFESTED WHAT MB WAS AND WHAT HE IS KB SHOWS THE GREAT FROST OF HIS COKFESSIONj AMD BSIN6 ABOUT T...
That in his Confessions he may do good he considers others
The love of God in His nature superior to all creatures is acquired by the knowledge of the senses and the exercise of reason
That God is to be found neither from the powers of the body nor of the soul
Not only all things but also literature and images are taken from the memory and are brought forth by the act of remembering
Chapter XLWhat it is to learn and to think
In memory there are also images of things which are absent
God cannot be attained unto by the power of memory which beasts and birds possess
What it is to remember IS0 Chapter XX We should not seek for God and the happy life unless we had known it ISO Chapter XXI How a happy life ...
A happy life is to rejoice in God and for God
He who finds truth finds God S2 Chapter XXVHe is glad that God dwells in his memory
On the misery of human life S3 Chapter XXIX AI1 hope is in the mercy of God
About to speak of the temptations of the lust of the flesh he first complains of the lust of eating and drinking
Of the charms of perfumes which are more easily overcome 1 j6 Chapter XXXIII He overcame the pleasure of the ear although in the church he freq...
Another kind of temptation is curiosity which is stimulated by the lust of the eyes
A third kind is pride which is pleasing to man not to God
He is forcibly goaded on by the love of praise 59
The only safe restingplace for the soul is to be found fa God
TOT DESIGN OF HIS CONFESSIONS BEING DECLARED HE SEEKS FROM GOD THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES AND BE...
Chapter IIIHe begins from the creation of the worldnot understanding the Hebrew text
Heaven and earth cry out that they have been created by God
By His coeternal Word He speaks and ail things are done
The rashness of those who inquire what God did before He created heaven and earth
Before the time created by God times were not l6j Chapter XIV Neither time past nor future but the present only really is t68 Chapter XV There is onl...
We are ignorant in what manner God teaches future things
That time is a certain extension 7
He calls on God to enlighten his mind
Times are measured in proportion as they pass by
That human life is a distraction but that through the mercy of God he was intent on the prize of his heavenly calling
HI CONTINUIS HIS EXPLANATION OF THE FIRST CHAPTER OF GENESIS ACCORDING TO THE SEFTOAOTNT AND BY ITS ASSISTANC...
What may have been the form of matter
Heaven and earth werl made in the beginning j afterwards the world daring six days from shapeless matter
From the formless earth God created another heaven and a visible and formed earth
Of the depth of the Sacred Scripture and its enemies
He wishes to have no intercourse with those who deny Divine Truth
He mentions five explanations of the words of Genesis i r
What error is harmless in Sacred Scripture i8st Chapter XIX He enumerates the things concerning which all agree
He discusses whether matter was from eternity or was made by God
Two kinds of disagreements in the books to be explained
What he might have asked of God had he been enjoined to write the book of Genesis
The words In the beginning and The heaven and the earth are differently understood
Chapter XXXIn the great diversity of opinions it becomes all to unite charity and Divine Truth
THE GOODNESS OF GOD EXPLAINED IN THE CREATION OF THINGS AND OF THE TRINITY AS FOUND IK THE FIRST WORDS OP GEN...
AH creatures subsist from the plenitude of divine goodness 19a Chapter IIIGenesis i 3Of Light he understands as it is seen in the spiritual creatures
Chapter VIIThat the Holy Spirit brings to us God
Chapter XThat nothing arose save by the gift of God
Allegorical explanation ol Genesis chap concerning the origin o the Church and its worship
That out of the children of the night and of the darkness children of the light and of the day are made
That no one bat the Unchangeable Light knows himself
Of the lights and stars of heavenof day and night ver 14
All men should become lights in the firmament of heaven
Concerning reptiles and flying creatures ver 20the sacrament of Baptism being regarded
He explains the divine image ver 26 of the renewal of the mind zoo Chapter XXIII That to have power over all things ver 26 is to jodge spiritually of...
Why God has blessed men fishes flying creatures and not herbs and the other animals ver 28
He explains the fruits of the earth ver 29 of works of mercy
Many are ignorant as to this and ask for miracles which are signified under the names of fishesand whales
Chapter XXIXAlthough it is said eight times that God saw that it was good yet time has no relation to God and His Word 25
The world was created by God out of nothing
Maximus to Augbstih
To Bishop Valerius
To Bishop Aurelios
Pavmnvs and Therasia to Awspstin
XXVIIL To Jerome
To Pavlinus ami? Therasia
Jerome to Augtotih
XL To Aurwjus
To Glorios Euwsius etc
XLIVTo Ehwshm Glorius and tub two Felixes
To the Magistrates of Sotfbctum
till To GsHuosm
To Pammachibs ig LIX To VlCTOWHOS m
To THE DOMATISTS
LXXVIITo Felix and HrtAEiKUS
LXXVIILTo the Clergy itc or the Church of Hippo
A Challenge to a Manicksam Teacher
LXXXVOLTo Januamus 6g LXXXIX To Festus
TO the Lady Italica
To THE VERY DEVOVF ITALICA 4l0 C TO DoNATUS
CIILTo my Lord and Brother Avcvsum
To Nectarius AXJ CXITo VlCTORIANUS
AOGSISTIN TO DlOSCORVS
From Jerome to Atchstim
To Lady Proba
To Bishop Augustin
CLXXXVin To Juliana
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第 242 頁 - For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
第 367 頁 - ... for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is a minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
第 239 頁 - Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
第 311 頁 - Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil...
第 270 頁 - Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee : hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity : the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
第 132 頁 - He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. ^(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) ^Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
第 343 頁 - All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD'S : and he is the governor among the nations.
第 256 頁 - Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind, (for he that hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sin,) that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.