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The Immortality of the Soul; The Magnitude of the Soul; On Music; The Advantage of Believing; On Faith in Things Unseen (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 4)

Saint Augustine

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL

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Introduction

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pp. 3-11

Some authors do not seem to appreciate the originality of Augustine's thought on this problem and present his solution simply as a mere imitation of the Greek philosophers, especially Plato. On the other hand, among those who discuss more thoroughly Augustine's teachings on the survival of the...

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pp. 15-47

Again, science exists always. For whatever exists and is immutable must necessarily exist always. On the other hand nobody denies· that science exists. And whoever asserts that only the straight line drawn through the center of a circle is longer than any other line not drawn through the center...

THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SOUL

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pp. 51-55

Evodius goes on to offer two main difficulties: one derived from the fact that the body grows and becomes stronger; the other from the fact that we feel anything pricking us at any part of the body. These facts seem to show that the soul grows with the body and that the soul is physically...

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pp. 59-149

I believe that God, its Creator, is, so to speak, the soul's proper habitation and its home. As for its substance, I really cannot find a name. I certainly do not think that it belongs to those ordinary and familiar things of which we are aware through our senses. I do not think that the soul is composed...

ON MUSIC

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pp. 153-166

But if these six books On Music are only a fragment of a projected cycle on the liberal arts, they are, also, only a fragment of a larger treatise on music. They are, in the words of Augustine, 'only such as pertain to that part called Rhythm.' Much later, in writing to Bishop Memorius, he...

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pp. 169-379

Now what you said a while ago, that many things in singing and dancing are reprehensible, and that, if we take the word mensuration from them, the almost divine art becomes degraded—and that you have very prudently observed. So, let us first discuss what it is to mensurate; then...

THE ADVANTAGE OF BELIEVING

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pp. 383-387

As with St. Augustine's treatment of Manichaeism in the Confessions, so here his argument is set against a background of his personal history. The book may indeed be seen, as Batiffol observed, as a first sketch of the relevant passages of the later work. We are given glimpses of the author's schoolboy...

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pp. 391-442

It is, accordingly, my purpose to prove to you, if I can, that the Manichaeans are sacrilegiously and rashly attacking those who, following the authority of the Catholic faith, before they can gaze upon that truth which pure minds behold, are, by believing, both fortified in advance and prepared for...

ON FAITH IN THINGS UNSEEN

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pp. 445-448

On Faith in Things Unseen is generally considered to have been written after the year 399. Before that year, in which the Emperor Honorius passed laws against idolatry, St. Augustine's reference (7.10) to the abandonment of false gods, the conversion of their temples to other uses, and the extirpation...

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pp. 451-469

These things are innumerable in our mind itself, whose nature is invisible—to say nothing of other things, like the very faith by which we believe, or the thought process by which we know either that we believe something or that we do not believe it, although it may be entirely outside the realm...

Index

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pp. 471-489


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211046
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213194

Page Count: 495
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Fathers of the Church ;