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Enchiridion On Faith, Hope, and Love (Ancient Christian Writers #3)

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Written by St. Augustine late in his life with the intention of supplying the Roamn layman with a comprehensive exposition of the basic teachings of Christianity.
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 throu
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Published October 19th 2010 by St. Augustine Books (first published 420)
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Brent McCulley
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Michael Austin
One of the many insightful things Augustine has to say:

"For when we ask whether someone is a good man, we are not asking what he believes, or hopes, but what he loves. Now, beyond all doubt, he who loves aright believes and hopes rightly. Likewise, he who does not love believes in vain, even if what he believes is true."
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!
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.
Dan Glover
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This was really time for a review.
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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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“This, then, is true liberty: the joy that comes in doing what is right. At the same time, it is also devoted service in obedience to righteous precept.” 4 likes
“Among us, on the other hand, 'the righteous man lives by faith.' Now, if you take away positive affirmation, you take away faith, for without positive affirmation nothing is believed. And there are truths about things unseen, and unless they are believed, we cannot attain to the happy life, which is nothing less than life eternal. It is a question whether we ought to argue with those who profess themselves ignorant not only about the eternity yet to come but also about their present existence, for they [the Academics] even argue that they do not know what they cannot help knowing. For no one can 'not know' that he himself is alive. If he is not alive, he cannot 'not know' about it or anything else at all, because either to know or to 'not know' implies a living subject. But, in such a case, by not positively affirming that they are alive, the skeptics ward off the appearance of error in themselves, yet they do not make errors simply by showing themselves alive; one cannot err who is not alive. That we live is therefore not only true, but it is altogether certain as well. And there are many things that are thus true and certain concerning which, if we withhold positive assent, this ought not to be regarded as a higher wisdom but actually a sort of dementia.” 3 likes
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