Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers First Series, St. Augustine: The Writings Against the Manichaeans, and Against the Donatists

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Philip Schaff
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"The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD marked the beginning of a new era in Christianity. For the first time, doctrines were organized into a single creed. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers did most of their writing during and after this important event in Church history. Unlike the previous era of Christian writing, the Nicene and Post-Nicene era is dominated by a few very important and prolific writers. In Volume IV of the 14-volume collected writings of the Nicenes and Post-Nicenes (first published between 1886 and 1889), readers will find Augustines writings defending the Catholic church against the Manichaeans and the Donatists. Manichaeanism was a religion developed in Persia by the prophet Mani. According to this religion, creation has two parts: darkness and light. Light is God and has ten attributes. Opposing this, and coeternal with it, is darkness and its five attributes. Saint Augustine was originally a Manichaean, so his defense of Christianity against this religion comes from a deep understanding of its nature. Donatists were a group of believers who refused to forgive those who had renounced their faith during a time of persecution, which caused a schism in Christianity. In opposing these men, Augustine attempted to mend the rift. Those with an interest in ancient religions will find Augustines writings on Manichaeanism one of the most important historical records of that religions practices."

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The refutation of this absurdity
143
The same subject continued
144
Every nature as nature is good
145
Nature cannot be without some good The Manicbeeans dwell upon the evils
146
Evil alone is corruption Corruption is not nature but contrary to nature Corrup tion implies previous good
147
God alone perfectly good
148
Chap XXXIXIn what sense evils are from God
149
CHAP XLCorruption tends to nonexistence 140
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Harmony of the Old and New Testaments
49
Appeal to the Manichgeans calling on them to repent
50
Description of the duties of temperance according to the sacred Scriptures
51
We are required to despise alt sensible things and to love God alone
52
Popular renown and inquisitiveness are condemned in the sacred Scriptures jg Chap XXII Fortitude conies from the love of God
53
Chap XXIVOf justice and prudence
54
Love of ourselves and of our neighbor
55
On doing good to the soul of our neighbor Two parts of discipline restraint and in structioti Through good conduct we arrive at the knowledge of th...
56
Chap XXIXOf the authority of the Scriptures
57
The Church apostrophized as teacher at all wisdom Doctrine of the Catholic Church
58
The life of the Anaehoretes and Coenobites set against the continence of the Mankhsans
59
Praise of the clergy
60
Marriage and property allowed to be baptised ky the apostles
62
On the Morals or the Manichans
69
Ok Two Souls against the Manichans
95
Acts or Disputation against Fortunatus the ManichjEan
113
Against the Epistle of Manicheus called Fundamental
125
CONTENTS OF AGAINST THE EPISTLE OF MANICHEUS CALLED FUNDAMENTAL Chap I To heal heretics is better than to destroy them
129
Chap IllAugtistin once a Maniehxan
130
Why Maniehseus called himself an apostle of Christ
132
When the Holy Spirit was sent
133
The Holy Spirit twice given
134
Msmchaeus promises the knowledge of undoubted things and then demands faith in doubtful things
135
Chap XVThe doctrine of Manichseus not only uncertain but false His absurd fancy of aland and race of darkness bordering on the Holy Region and t...
136
The memory contains the ideas of places of the greatest size
137
If the mind has no material extension much less has God
138
The form of the region of light the worst of the two
139
Of the number of natures in the Mamichcean fiction
140
The Manichseans are reduced to the choice of a tortuous or curved or straight line of junction The third kind of line would give symmetry and beaut...
141
Chap XXVIIThe beauty of the straight line might be taken from the region of darkness without taking anything from its substance So evil neither tak...
142
The relation of Christ to prophecy continued 837
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BOOK XXI
264
Faustus denies that Manichajans believe in two gods Hyle no god August discusses at large
272
Faustus recurs to the genealogical difficulty and insists that even according to Matthew Jesus was
313
Faustus ridicules the orthodox claim to believe in the infinity of God by caricaturing the anthropomor
319
Faustus seeks to justify docetism Augustin insists that there is nothing disgraceful in being born
326
The Scripture passage To the pure all things are pure but to the impure and defiled is nothing pare
332
Faustus fails to understand why he should be required either to accept or reject the N T as a whole
340
Concerning the Nature of Good against the Manichans
347
That sis is sot the striving for an evil nature but the desertion of a better
358
Chap XXXVINo creature of God is evil but to abuse a creature of God Is evil
359
Manichaean blasphemies concerning the nature of God
360
Incredible turpitudes in God imagined by Manichaus
362
Certain unspeakable turpitudes believed not without reason concerning the Mattl chaeans themselves
363
He compels to the perpetration of horrible turpitudes
364
On Baptism against the Donatists
407
BOOK I
411
BOOK II
425
BOOK III
436
Augustin undertakes the refutation of the arguments which might be derived from the Epistle of Cyp
460
BOOK VI
479
BOOK VII
499
BOOK
519
In which Angustin replies to alt the several statements in the letter of Petilianas as though disputing
530
BOOK III
596
Answer to Letters of Petilian Bishop of Cirta
628
CONTENTS ON A TREATISE CONCERNING THE CORRECTION
633
Index to the AntiDonatist Writings 667675
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