Augustine 2007

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What’s up at GCC? http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=vGrNl9pj-mk
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Saint Augustine AD 354-430 2007
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“Give me chastity--but not yet!”* The Early Life of Augustine Born in Algeria (N Africa) in 354 Mother, Monica, a Christian Father, Patricius, not Christian Augustine athletic, rambunctious Age 12: boarding school for the gifted Age 16: school in Carthage (“sin city”) Sexually active from early teens * Alluded to in “Sting’s” song “Saint Augustine in Hell” Gozzoli: Augustine’s school days: his parents deliver him to the schoolmaster at age 12 in Madaura
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Sex and the City: Augustine’s Early Adulthood Lived with mistress had a son: Adeodatus Cicero’s Hortensius Manichaeanism Move to Rome Skepticism Neo-Platonism Moved to Milan to teach rhetoric Impressed with sermons of Ambrose Ambrose explained metaphorical language to Augustine Painting: Augustine sets sail for Milan
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“Take up and read!”: The Conversion of Augustine Disenchantment with Manichaeanism, skepticism, Neo-Platonism Ambrose removed final objections July, 386, in the garden ( Confessions 8.12) Romans 13:13-14 “not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Bennozzo Gozzoli’s “Take up and Read” (1465)
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Augustine’s Writings Augustine wrote 230 Books Three greatest works of Augustine : Confessions On the Trinity The City of God Categories of Writing Anti-Manichaean writings Anti-Donatist writings Anti-Pelagian writings RAFFAELLO SANZIO Sant’Agostino
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Anti-Manichaean Writings Developed arguments about Faith and Reason “Faith is for sissies!” “Oh? Faith is for all knowledge!” Developed arguments about the problem of evil If God is good and powerful, why is there evil? Atheism still thinks so!
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Does Evil Disprove God? Manichaeans, atheists, and some theists have argued: 1) If God is good He will destroy evil; 2) If God is powerful He can destroy evil; 3) But evil still exists, so: God does not exist (atheism) The Christian God does not exist (Manichaeanism) God must not be omnipotent (some theists)
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Collapse of the “Proof” from Evil Historically THE argument against God! The argument dates from Epicurus (c. 341-270 BC) & was repeated by David Hume in his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779) John Mackie used it in a widely reprinted 1955 article, but in his The Miracle of Theism (1982), he backed off of his earlier claim that the existence of God is straight-forwardly inconsistent with the existence of evil. Because of recent debates in
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