Justice is an integral theme in Augustine’s political theology, and justice is directly correlated and contingent upon his theology of love. True justice, for Augustine, begins with the love of God (and thereby extending to love of others since the love of others is the ultimate expression of love of God; the two commandments that … Continue reading St. Augustine’s Theology of Love and Justice
Original Sin, in Christianity, is an affirmed doctrine that is oftentimes misconstrued by those who know little of church tradition and by those critics of Christianity who are equally illiterate and unread about Christianity. Original Sin is a term that many who have grown up in a Christian culture will have heard of. But what … Continue reading What is Original Sin?
Augustine’s City of God is one of the great works of Western literature: philosophy, cultural criticism, theology, and development of Christian doctrines. At 22 books, and over 1,000 pages (most translations), the City of God is not light reading but is generally considered one of the most masterful works ever produced in the Western philosophical … Continue reading Reading Augustine’s City of God: The Two Cities
Having examined Augustine’s reading of the Fall of Man in an anthropological and teleological sense, in which we can conclude that the Fall of Man is the rejection of reason (God, since God is Reason) and that man attempts to fulfill their happiness through purely willing their own happiness without reason (reason ordering desire to … Continue reading Augustine: On the Fall of Man, Part II
Beyond philosophical anthropology and philosophical theology, St. Augustine was a political philosopher and his political thoughts have been an interest of many political theorists for some time, especially in the 20th century. Augustine’s political thoughts, as contained primarily in Book XIX of City of God (but elsewhere as well within City of God), and also … Continue reading Augustine and the Saeculum
Augustine’s City of God stands as one of the masterpieces of Late Latin literature, and one of the classics of Christian literature. The book itself is many things, and is sometimes derided for its systematically unsystematic nature – that is, Augustine is talking about too many things in the book all at once which makes … Continue reading Reading Augustine’s City of God: Book I
We’ve already explored short bits of Augustine’s anthropological philosophy in other posts. Now we’re turning to examine his doctrine of the Fall of Man. It is wrong to claim that Christianity’s anthropological origo is sin; this is a common mistake even among most sincere Christians. Instead, the origo of man is the imago Dei, in … Continue reading Augustine: On the Fall of Man, Part I