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Treatises on Various Subjects (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 16)

Saint Augustine

Publication Year: 2010

The present volume consists of a collection of minor writings of St. Augustine often classified under the general title of 'Works of Moral and Practical Theology.'

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Preface

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pp. v-vi

The essay, The Christian Life, is Pelagian in tone and is definitely not Augustine's, but it is included here because it comes from the same general period as the other essays and treats of a similar subject. Moreover, it has special interest In that it probably was written by a close follower...

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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Introduction

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pp. 3-5

Interest in De vita christiana was reawakened by the publication of C. P. Caspari's work in 1890, where it was edited as the first portion of the Corpus Pelagianum. After identifying the pseudo-Augustinian treatise with that attributed to Fastidius, Caspari assigned the authorship...

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pp. 9-43

The long-suffering patience of a merciful God causes many shameless and faithless unbelievers to sin with temerity, thinking that God is not an avenger of sin because He does not choose to punish sinners immediately. Wretched, ungrateful, and unconcerned about their own...

LYING

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pp. 47-50

The dedication, 'Ad Consentium,' found in the Codex Monacensis, the best of the manuscripts used by Zycha in the preparation of his text for the Vienna Corpus, is evidently an error, due perhaps to the fact that another tract, the Contra mendacium, written by St. Augustine...

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pp. 53-110

The question concerning these persons whom we have described above is of no small importance. In the first place, we have a person who knows or thinks that he is speaking falsely, yet speaks in this way without the intention of deceiving. Such would be the case...

AGAINST LYING

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pp. 113-120

The religious controversy in the progress of which Contra mendacium was one day to appear constitutes a chapter in the ecclesiastical history of Spain. It may be taken back as far as the decade 370-380, when a noble, wealthy, and cuItivated young Spaniard named...

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pp. 125-179

Lies, then, should either be avoided in right action or be confessed in penitence. But, they should not, though they abound unhappily in our living, be increased by our teaching. Let him who thinks they should, choose whatever lies he wishes to help a man in danger toward...

CONTINENCE

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pp. 183-185

De continentia was written about 395, the year before Augustine became Bishop of Hippo and at the height of his refutation of the Manichaeans. This sermon, if sermon it was, is strongly marked by its elements of anti-Manichaean controversy. Its subject, concerned as it is with...

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pp. 189-231

The virtue of the soul called continence is difficult to discuss adequately enough, or as it deserves to be discussed, but our deficiency under a burden of such great weight as this He whose great gift the virtue is will compensate. He who gives...

PATIENCE

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Introduction

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pp. 235-236

The Benedictine editors, however, refused to accept this verdict. Though they admit certain peculiarities of style, such as assonance and rhymed endings, they found nothing in the translation at variance with St. Augustine's treatment elsewhere of similar topics. In support...

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pp. 237-264

Avarice, ambition, luxury, and a passionate interest in various sports are considered blameless, unless they are the source of some crime or outrage which is forbidden by the laws of man. Why, indeed, the man who, without defrauding anyone, has suffered and worked...

THE EXCELLENCE OF WIDOWHOOD

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pp. 267-275

The lady Juliana to whom St. Augustine addresses this treatise was the widow of Olybrius, the eldest of the three sons of Sextus Anicius Petronius Probus and Anicia Faltonia Proba. The great Christian family of the Anicii Probi was renowned for its wealth and its prominence...

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pp. 279-319

You see from the foregoing that conjugal chastity and fidelity to the bond of Christian marriage is a gift, and that this gift is from God, so that if the concupiscence of the flesh in wedlock exceeds to some extent the measure required for the procreation of children, this is not an...

THE WORK OF MONKS

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pp. 323-325

In the treatise which Augustine wrote in reply he proves that the Apostle Paul gave to the servants of God both the precept and the example of bodily labor undertaken in order to provide food and clothing. He then proceeds to show that the Gospel precepts by which these monks...

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pp. 331-394

It was very fitting, 0 holy brother Aurelius, for me to accede to your request with a devotedness the greater in proportion as I realized the more clearly who was ordering me through you. For, our Lord Jesus Christ dwelling within you inspired the solicitude...

THE USEFULNESS OF FASTING

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pp. 397-399

This sermon of St. Augustine, De utilitate jejunii, was not found in the codices extant at the time of the Benedictine collection of his works. According to their notation in the Migne edition, the sermon was found only in the printed editions of the works. Exact...

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pp. 403-422

Therefore, my dearly beloved, since there is an earthly food on which the weakness of the flesh feeds, there is also a heavenly food by which the devotion of the mind is nourished. The earthly food belongs to one kind of life; the heavenly food, to another. On the former the...

THE EIGHT QUESTIONS OF DULCITIUS

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pp. 425-

The date of The Eight Questions of Dulcitius is established by Bardy as 422. In the Retractations Augustine comments on this work as follows: 'The book which I called The Eight Questions of Dulcitius should not be mentioned among my books in this...

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pp. 427-466

Finally, just this: Where you ask why the Lord, undoubtedly having foreknowledge of the future, said: 'I chose David according to my heart,' when David committed such serious sins, I could not discover where I have discussed that question, or how I have explained...

Index

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pp. 469-479


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211169
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213200

Page Count: 487
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1st pbk. reprint.
Series Title: The fathers of the church, a new translation ;