St. Augustine’s Theology of Love and Justice

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

Augustine: On the Fall of Man, Part II

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

Augustine: On the Fall of Man, Part 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

Augustine and the Dialectic of Love

Throughout the long-winded confession that is Augustine’s spiritual autobiography, he offered two of the most memorable quotes in all of Christian history, “Our heart is restless until it finds rest in you” (1.1) and “I was in love with the idea of love” (3.1).  Both statements reflect the heart of Augustine’s anthropology and his understanding … Continue reading Augustine and the Dialectic of Love

Reading Augustine’s Confessions, XIII Pt. III (Chapters 22-End)

The first half of Book XIII of the Confessions is a longwinded philosophical commentary over human anthropology, epistemology, Beauty, Wisdom, and our ability to take on form, knowledge, and direct our desire for happiness through participation.  The second half of the book takes a turn to crystalizing what the doctrine of imago Dei is (Chapter … Continue reading Reading Augustine’s Confessions, XIII Pt. III (Chapters 22-End)