Augustine of Hippo, Selected Writings
Selections from the writings of one of the most influential shapers of the western theological tradition, Augustine of Hippo (354-430), including On the Trinity, The Rule of St. Augustine, The Happy Life, On the Presence of God and other works.
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Difficult reading. I had not heard of all the books from which this anthology was drawn, but I had heard of several. As a result, I was glad to be able to read several passages in context. This included the famous conversion passage from Confessions.
I found City of God interesting, because I had not realized that Augustine proposed two cities, the other being a city of the devil, much in the manner of the wheat and the tares which grow up together but are finally separated at the Judgment.
I also found the Rule of Augustine interesting. In light of the recent Barna poll in which only 5% of evangelicals said they were help accountable by their churches, we would all do well to consider how we might hold one another accountable in Christian community.
Finally, while reading this volume I did some pondering on whether the Founding Fathers thought of the Pursuit of Happiness in spiritual terms rather than in secular terms, particularly since they considered this a God-given right. If so, then the pursuit of happiness is not that which contributes most to my personal pleasure today but rather that which will result in eternal bliss with the Savior, Jesus Christ.
ON THE TRINITY
ON SEEING GOD ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Augustine to the Noble Lady Pauline greeting
On the Presence of God
THE CITY OF GOD