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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Written after 420 C.E. to a man named Laurence, this wonderful book by Augustine is a short treatise on the proper mode of worshipping God. Following 1 Corinthians 13, Augustine describes true worship of God through faith, hope, and love. In thirty-three small chapters, Augustine's description of true worship covers all the major ideas of the Christian religion, providing ...more
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Published November 13th 2009 by Christian Classics Ethereal Library (first published 420)
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Brent McCulley
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Some solid gems in this, a classic primer from Augustine himself on his mature thought. The Enchiridion lays out Augustine's view on original sin, the fall of man (massa damnata), predestination, the resurrection and more. I have definitely stored most all this information in the back of my head.

Interesting highlights is that even in his maturity and old age, the creationisn / traducianism debate still perplexed him, and he wavered. His understanding of the causes of predestination to life and d
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Kristen
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Enchiridion is one of Augustine's most approachable texts. Written as an introduction to the faith, it is simple and straightforward, and does not necessitate a firm grasp of the historical context in order to understand it. As he explains the creed and the Lord's Prayer, the most basic and important theological points he stood for become apparent. There are moments of great humour and representative comments that give the reader a feel for his personality and larger work.

This would be appro
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Amy
Initial thought: first read maybe more of a 4 star read, but there is enough here that I recognize with more study it will easily be a 5 star. This is St. Augustine's "Handbook" of Christian doctrine. Brief, profound, and worth chewing over.
A handful of my favorite lines:

"But the goodness of the Creator never fails either to supply life and vital power to the wicked angels (without which their existence would soon come to an end); or, in the case of mankind, who spring from a condemned and corr
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Drew Darby
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I don't agree with Augustine on several points, I have to admit that this is a brilliant, compact, and dense little work. Several times I raised objections to some proposition or another, and in the immediately following section the objections would be treated! That doesn't mean I was always convinced, but I was impressed with the thoughtfulness. I don't know if I've ever had an experience with a book quite like that! As an encapsulation, it would serve as a good introduction to Augusti ...more
Jed Ojeda
An excellent explanation of the Christian faith by one of the greatest theologians of all time, St. Augustine of Hippo.
Corey
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book on the training of the catechumenate by Augustine (~70 pages). It's Augustine, so about as awesome as you think it would be. ...more
Karl
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why read it? I was curious how much Christianity has changed in 1600 years. And whether the early church is closer to Paul, the synoptic gospels, John or some other brand of early Christianity. Are there any references to stoicism? Plenty of reasons to read it.

Copied parts I found interesting while reading:


On the very first page you get an on-one-leg-summary: "God should be worshiped in faith, hope, love". Very much in keeping with modern Christianity. Then Augustine specifies which questions h
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Max
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Enchiridion is a very short (141 pages) treatise on Faith, Hope, and Love that Augustine wrote for a friend. It is broken down into questions with a short answer (two pages at most). This is a great book if you want to have an understanding of Augustine's theology because he covers it all here without going too far into philosophical discussions, which he is very prone to do.

The most interesting parts to me were his discussion on evil arising from a corruption of good and how God works good
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Ian
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this short but essential compendium of the Christian faith, Augustine has surely included enough material to offend every Christian. The "Protestant" (meaning not a denomination, but a theological orientation that cuts across denominations, and can be found today not uncommonly among Roman Catholics) will surely be offended by Augustine's high view of the sacraments and his identification of baptism with the regeneration that washes away original sin ex opere operato, even for infants. The "C ...more
Parker
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and brief exposition of Augustinian theology by Augustine himself.
Tim
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This little work was a pleasure to read. It consists of Augustine's thoughts on the Nicene Creed (faith) the Lord's Prayer (hope) and a short discourse on Christian love. It will serve as a good introduction to Augustine's theological thought.

For my part, I love Augustine's emphasis on the primacy of grace. His defense of the sacramental system is irritating, as it seems very weak. Finally, his take on faith and works is quite disappointing. He does not clearly distinguish between justification
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Wendy
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Augustine that I've read -- mostly because his other works are significantly larger and more dense than this one. But I enjoyed this one so much that I may try to tackle some others. Anything that I could say about Augustine has been said many times before by many other people, so I won't repeat myself. But if you're interested in reading Augustine, I'd recommend this as a good starting point. ...more
Kristin
It's really amazing how a book written so long ago can contain so many truths and statements accurate to our lives and faith today. Although Augustine can get a bit wordy at times, this is definitely a must-read for Christians who are serious about the theology of our faith. Make sure you read it with someone, though. Discussion helps break through the wordiness! ...more
South Asia
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and short Augustine read. He outlines faith and talks about God's sovereignty and the basics of the Christian faith. He has some great thought provoking sections like the mediation between God and man. He also writes about the giving of alms and penance. ...more
Laura Joy
The Enchiridion is Augustine’s endeavor to condense the basic tenets of Christian thought into a manual of sorts. As such, the book is comprised of short chapters that cover a wide array of topics, from the definition of love to whether resurrection bodies will include cut-off fingernails. Augustine writes that he hopes his book would be “something you could carry around, not just baggage for your bookshelf” (9). And certainly, The Enchiridion is a far less intimidating volume than, say, City of ...more
Walter
Modern catechisms from the Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent to the current Catechism of the Catholic Church use the structure of teaching first the Faith, then Morals, then Spirituality, using the formulaic prayers and creeds of the Church such as the Lord's Prayer, the 10 Commandments and the Apostle's Creed. This technique was used first by St. Augustine in the Enchiridion. St. Augustine uses the Apostle's Creed as a basis to discuss the Faith, he uses the Lord's Prayer to explain Chris ...more
YNNEK
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book that sheds a light into Christian thought.

Augustine is perhaps one of the most influential Christian writers outside the Bible... and this is for better and for worse. Inside this book you will find a godly man who is profoundly impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He sheds much light into early Christian thought on things such as free will vs God’s choice, as well as the humanity and deity of Jesus. Yet he also has some error that I, as a Protestant Christian, would state as i
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Nathan
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like it's wrong to give an Augustine book only 3 stars, but nonetheless I really didn't feel this little book was the treasue that its overall rating reflects.
The book isn't really a book, and could more aptly be described as a pamphlet; something the author himself attests. Better received as a free ebook or publication, the book is a simplistic look at certain Christian concepts. Unfortunately, the author may have gone overboard in his attempt at simplicity, as some of the subjects des
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Jeremy Counts
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written over 1500 years ago, Augustine wrote this catechism with the intention to summarize the Christian religion to it's core. A great guide to catholic (universal) Christian doctrine that Christians still believe and confess to this day. His chapter on evil has particularly influenced my thinking. His argument for the privation theory of evil (evil has no being, and parasitic on the good) is nothing less than ingenious. ...more
Timothy Lawrence
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"And now regarding love, which the apostle says is greater than the other two—that
is, faith and hope—for the more richly it dwells in a man, the better the man in whom it
dwells. For when we ask whether someone is a good man, we are not asking what he believes,
or hopes, but what he loves."
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Will Daly
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and good, although it contains some things which appear "childish and barren" in the light of subsequent history. The (erroneous) idea that children not only inherit original sin, but the sins of all their ancestors, passes by without being questioned. St. Augustine I have found is sometimes strict, "rigorist," just as some of the eastern fathers are sometimes lax.

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Brian M. Peters
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saint Augustine is the man

It’s a great book. Saint Augustine is the man. It brings to light a lot of different views that I think are often misunderstood yet understood if you read everything he says.
Noah
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
The title says, “Faith, Hope, and Love,” but 90% is on faith. This handbook was quite typical of Augustine. He uses the philosophy of the day to interpret scripture, though he does it well. All in all, a helpful little book.
Werner Fourie
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Augustine writes wonderfully well! I highly recommend this little book to anyone looking to better understand what it means to "worship God." ...more
Dan Glover
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This was really good...no time for a review.
J.W.D. Nicolello
It was a pleasure to get my hands on the text with Introduction from Manhattan priest and scholar, whose Ambrose had a profound impact on me at Gethsemani around this time last year.
Caleb
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading this confirmed to me one thing- my mixed feelings concerning St. Augustine have not changed
Thomas Achord
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
A short summary of Augustine’s beliefs.
Lly_th
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read to begin during Lent.
The Orange Chair
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is small, but it is a good reminder of the core beliefs of the Christian faith. After struggling through some of Augustine’s books in the past this book reminded me how profound, concise and inspiring his words can be at times. This is definitely a book to read again when I need a refresher in things and a push in that direction.
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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 C ...more

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