By John Burnaby

This quantity, part of the Library of Christian Classics sequence, explores Augustine's vintage paintings at the Trinity and his figuring out of Paul, in addition to his powers as a preacher.

Long well-known for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics offers students and scholars with sleek English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in historical past. via those works--each written ahead of the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the information that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.

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But I have got it by way of sense perception, having been in the town in bodily presence, seen it and remembered it, so that the right word will be at my disposal whenever I want to describe it. " Similarly, if I want to describe Alexandria which I have never seen, an image of it is at my disposal. I have been credibly informed that it is a great city, and have constructed a picture of it as described to me to the best of my ability. And that is the "word" of it in my mind, when I want to speak of it, before I pronounce the five syllables of the well-known name.

You must know the meaning of Good itself, when you hear that this or that is good. 9 Other things are loved only because they are 8 9 This notio Boni is not of course the Platonic "Idea of Good," but its reflection in the mind. Augustine here describes what for him is only a theoretical possibility. When he wrote the De Trinitate, he had long ceased to believe that the vision of God was attainable in this life. THE TRINITY 43 good. It were shame to stay cleaving to them and not to love the Good itself which makes them good.

If I ask another man, he must look within for his answer; and no-one can give a true answer unless he has found it in himself. When I want to describe Carthage, I enquire of myself and I find an image of Carthage in my own mind. But I have got it by way of sense perception, having been in the town in bodily presence, seen it and remembered it, so that the right word will be at my disposal whenever I want to describe it. " Similarly, if I want to describe Alexandria which I have never seen, an image of it is at my disposal.

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