Augustine: Faith is the beginning from which good works first proceed

He will perhaps say to this: "It was not because of his works, but in consequence of his faith, that I said the apostle was worthy of having all those great graces bestowed upon him. His faith deserved this distinction, but not his works, which were not previously good." Well, then, are we to suppose …

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Augustine’s Exposition of Psalm 8

Augustine begins with a discussion of what he would see as the wine-presses for this Psalm from the title, even though no mention of them is made in the Psalm. He shows that it could mean several different things: Churches due to the fact that it takes the covering off of the fruit in order …

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On The Sermon on the Mount (394) – 4

Thanks for reading this latest installment from my current project of reading (and blogging) through Augustine’s works. This book is one of Augustine's longer early works at around 240 pages. This book is simply his exposition of The Sermon on the Mount. It is divided into two books, so I will have multiple blog posts …

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Augustine: Man’s nature needs God’s grace to be re-made

Faithful men say in their prayer, Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [Matthew 6:13] But if they already have capacity, why do they pray? Or, what is the evil which they pray to be delivered from, but, above all else, the body of this death? And from this nothing but God's …

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