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No other part of the Hebrew Scriptures, aside from the Psalter and sections of the prophet Isaiah, captured the interest and aroused the attention of the early Church as did the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis. Augustine of Hippo, the early Latin Church's profoundest scholar, devoted three treatises to these chapters. The first two -- On Genesis: A Refutation of ...more
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Published May 1st 2004 by New City Press (first published 1990)
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In "Against the Manichees," St Augustine presents a defense of the creation account of Genesis against the Manichees, a religion that accepted the authority of the New Testament, but not the old. The arguments resonate in a time where Genesis is attacked on all sides on a daily basis. It presents close arguments, supporting the veracity of the biblical account that can be used well in conjunction with the modern understanding of evolution and the early formation of the universe.

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How do you rate a book which, though written by one of the Church's greatest theologians, is nonetheless a mixed bag in terms of content? The book is full of both stellar and less-than-stellar stuff. Agusutine's insights are often very helpful, but need to be tempered by conservative modern scholarship. Most readers won't be fans of his allegorical method and how it is on occasion ill-used. Augustine's neoplatonic leanings shine through in some unfortunate ways as well. And yet the book was ...more
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Reading this with my dad, who also has begun to enjoy Augustine. We mean to finish it within two months. My paperback edition has a nicer cover.

Well, that didn't happen. I read the first three, but got bogged down in the longest commentary. Maybe another day. In this translation, Augustine's style is homely, inelegant.
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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, in English Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austin, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western ...more
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“...a man is not in any difficulty in making a reply according to his faith ... to those who try to defame our Holy Scripture. ... when they produce from any of their books a theory contrary to Scripture ... either we shall have some ability to demonstrate that it is absolutely false, or at least we ourselves will hold it so without any shadow of a doubt. ...let us choose [the doctrine] which appears as certainly the meaning intended by the author. ... For it is one thing to fail to recognize the primary meaning of the writer, and another to depart from the norms of religious belief.” 2 likes
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