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The Happy Life; Answer to Skeptics; Divine Providence and the Problem of Evil; Soliloquies (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 5)

Saint Augustine

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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Foreword

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pp. 5-25

Aurelius Augustine was born on November 13, 354, at Tagaste, a small town in the African province of Numidia, His mother Monica, a Christian, was the wife of the Roman magistrate Patricius, who, until shortly before his death, remained a pagan. No one anticipated that the newcomer...

The Happy Life

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Introduction

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pp. 29-41

Fortunately, Augustine bequeathed to us, almost at the end of his life, his Retractationes, containing a record and a personal critical review of his prolific literary career. He here supplies us with the following account of De beata vita: 'It was written not after but between the books...

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pp. 43-84

There are apparently three classes of seafarers, so to speak, whom philosophy is able to embrace. The first is made up of those who, having reached the full use of reason, with but little effort and a slight stroke of the oar, go only a little distance away. There they establish themselves in such...

Answer to Skeptics

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Introduction

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pp. 87-101

At last, St. Augustine had sufficiently matured to see this truth. He had tried several contemporary interpretations of life and sought in their light the solution of perennial human problems. After he had discovered that the doctrine of the Manichaeans, who had attracted him by their clamorous...

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pp. 103-225

For, if the ever enthusiastic applause of the circus were always greeting you as you were providing public exhibitions of bear-baiting and spectacles never previously seen there by our citizens; if you were being raised to the heavens by the united and concordant voices of fools, whose uproar...

Divine Providence and the Problem of Evil

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Introduction

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pp. 229-237

It is not surprising, therefore, that traces of Augustine's arduous and impassioned quest for truth should be dearly discernible in his first philosophical writings after his conversion. His Answer to Skeptics (Contra Academicos) is a sound refutation of universal skepticism, the last and most serious...

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pp. 239-332

Wherefore; those who ponder these matters are seemingly forced to believe either that Divine Providence does not reach to these outer limits of things or that surely all evils are committed by the will of God. Both horns of this dilemma are impious, but particularly the latter. For, although it is...

Soliloquies

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Introduction

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pp. 335-342

This was in mid-summer, 386. He would not, however, be baptized until he had passed some time as a catechumen. In fact, it was only at Easter of the following year that the Bishop of Milan, St. Ambrose, poured on him the saving waters of the sacrament. In the meantime he devoted himself...

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pp. 343-426

Pray for health and assistance in order to attain what you desire, and commit this to writing, so that you may be the more heartened by your achievement. Afterwards, sum up what you discover in a few brief conclusions. Nor should you now concern yourself about winning a host of readers...

Index

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pp. 427-450


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211053
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813215518

Page Count: 454
Publication Year: 2010