Augustine of Hippo, Selected Writings
Augustin (saint).), Saint Augustine (of Hippo), AUGUSTINUS AURELIUS (helgen, biskop, kirkefader- og lærer), Saint Augustine of Hippo
Paulist Press, 1984 - 514 pages
"The very imposing and very welcome Classics of Western Spirituality(TM)series...should be in every theological collection of any depth." Ardin Newsletter In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic and Native American traditions have been critically selected, translated and introduced by internationally recognized scholars and spiritual leaders. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO-SELECTED WRITINGS translated and introduced by Mary T. Clark preface by Goulven Madec "You have made us to be toward you, and our heart is restless until it rests in you" Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Augustine of Hippo (354-430), bishop, philosopher, and Doctor of the Church whose thought molded the Western theological tradition, is clearly one of the most influential figures in the history of the Church. At the heart of his brilliant philosophical and theological speculation is his spirituality-a spirituality founded on the reality of the soul's experience of the Trinity in the depths of its interiority. This book is a collection of his writings, which in every sense must be considered true classics of spirituality in the West. Included are excerpts from Confessions, On the Trinity, The City of God, and Homilies on the Psalms along with the complete texts of the Rule of St. Augustine, On Seeing God, and On the Presence of God. In speaking of Augustine's relevance for our time, Paul VI said: "If St. Augustine were alive today, he would speak as he spoke a thousand and more years ago. Why? Because he really personifies a humanity that believes, that loves Christ and our beloved God."
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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
Our Confidence in the Lord
The Ecstasy of Love
God Is True Wealth
HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF ST JOHN
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST JOHN
THE RULE OF ST AUGUSTINE
Index to Texts