Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers First Series, St. Augustine: The Writings Against the Manichaeans, and Against the Donatists
"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
The same subject continued
Every nature as nature is good
Nature cannot be without some good The Manicbeeans dwell upon the evils
Evil alone is corruption Corruption is not nature but contrary to nature Corrup tion implies previous good
God alone perfectly good
Chap XXXIXIn what sense evils are from God
CHAP XLCorruption tends to nonexistence 140
If the mind has no material extension much less has God
The form of the region of light the worst of the two
Of the number of natures in the Mamichcean fiction
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...
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...
The relation of Christ to prophecy continued 837
Faustus denies that Manichajans believe in two gods Hyle no god August discusses at large
Faustus recurs to the genealogical difficulty and insists that even according to Matthew Jesus was
Faustus ridicules the orthodox claim to believe in the infinity of God by caricaturing the anthropomor
Faustus seeks to justify docetism Augustin insists that there is nothing disgraceful in being born
The Scripture passage To the pure all things are pure but to the impure and defiled is nothing pare
Faustus fails to understand why he should be required either to accept or reject the N T as a whole
Concerning the Nature of Good against the Manichans
That sis is sot the striving for an evil nature but the desertion of a better
Chap XXXVINo creature of God is evil but to abuse a creature of God Is evil
Manichaean blasphemies concerning the nature of God
Incredible turpitudes in God imagined by Manichaus
Certain unspeakable turpitudes believed not without reason concerning the Mattl chaeans themselves
He compels to the perpetration of horrible turpitudes
On Baptism against the Donatists
Augustin undertakes the refutation of the arguments which might be derived from the Epistle of Cyp
In which Angustin replies to alt the several statements in the letter of Petilianas as though disputing
Answer to Letters of Petilian Bishop of Cirta
CONTENTS ON A TREATISE CONCERNING THE CORRECTION
Index to the AntiDonatist Writings 667675
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Página 498 - And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell : for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
Página 531 - Moses' seat : all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do ; but do not ye after their works : for they say, and do not.
Página 481 - And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them ; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Página 330 - For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving : for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Página 202 - Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Página 166 - He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
Página 441 - And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat : for hitherto ye were not able to bear it. Neither yet now are ye able.
Página 176 - Well ; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear : for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee.
Página 202 - Thus saith the Lord ; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh ; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.