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Unformatted text preview: Lecture M 4/13 1. Augustine - c 400 A.D. (354- 430) 2. His two most famous books (out of >90 books!) = o The City of God (decline of Rome / City of Man, and rise of the new Christian community) o The Confessions (his spiritual journey to Christianity) 3. Enormously influential on Christian thought –both Catholic and (later) Protestant 4. Confessions = about what God has done > what Augustine has done. 5. What draws Augustine from the Greco-Roman culture to a new Christian worldview? 6. Augustine offers himself as an example of the human condition, rather than a unique individual. 7. His life repeats patterns found in the Bible: o e.g. the theft of fruit o (Why do we do what we know is evil?) 8. Scientia (knowledge/ science) vs sapientia (wisdom) o Augustine wants “certainty” & “proofs”. o He dismisses Manicheism because it disagrees with science. o But the impossibility of certain knowledge about religion leads him to reject knowledge for faith. o Knowledge= pride in my own effort. o Faith = humility in accepting the need for God’s effort....
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