Category Archives: Augustine

Solomon, or Jesus?

In City of God 17.8, Augustine makes an interesting observation: on the face of the biblical narrative, Solomon appears not to be the heir referred to in the LORD’s covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7. Notice that the LORD specifies … Continue reading

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Gift of God

In his conversation with the Samaritan Woman, Jesus says, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Angels’ Creation

In City of God 11.9, Augustine considers the creation of the angels, or rather, Scripture’s relative lack of attention to it. Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of the angels explicitly, but since Genesis purports to be comprehensive (“created the heavens and the earth,” “rested … Continue reading

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Eliot’s Midrash on Augustine and the Buddha

The third section of T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land,” is titled, “The Fire Sermon,” after a famous discourse attributed to the Buddha, in which the sage maintains that all sensibles and sense experiences, indeed every act of consciousness, are aflame with … Continue reading

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“City of God,” Bks. 1-2: Points of Interest

Book One of De civitate Dei opens with the charge that prompted Augustine to write it, namely, that Christianity was responsible for the sack of Rome. As Augustine notes in the Retractationes, the first five books of City aim to … Continue reading

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Burial and Resurrection

In City of God I.12-13, Augustine offers a mini-treatise on the relation between burial and the resurrection. He begins from the fact that some Christians killed during the sack of 410 were left without burial. No matter, he insists – even if devoured … Continue reading

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Moses and Christ

“lex per Mosen data est,” John writes, “gratia et veritas per Iesum Christum facta est” (Jn 1:17). These are strong words, words — on their face — to warm a Marcionite’s heart. The Law, given through Moses, apparently excludes “grace … Continue reading

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