Augustine: Later Works (The Library of Christian Classics) by John Burnaby

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 presents students and scholars with smooth English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in historical past. via those works--each written ahead of the tip of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the guidelines that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.

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He says that the Spirit is eternally Gift as being eternally "giveable," whereas his "giving" is a temporal event (V, 16 (xv)). But it is abundantly clear, from the persistence with which the function of will or love in the human trinity is described as bringing together or uniting the other two members of the triad, that the guiding thought is of the Spirit as the vinculum Trinitatis, the bond or "communion" of Father and Son. Father and Son are alike and equally "holy," alike and equally "Spirit": "Holy Spirit" is "common to both," and may therefore most fittingly be spoken of as the "mutual charity whereby the Father and the Son love one another" (XV, 27 (xvii)).

S Phil. 3:13 4 2 p s . 105:4. 3 I Cor. 8:2 f. Gal. 4:9. ff. «I Cor. 13:12. 7 Ecclesiasticus 18:7. 58 AUGUSTINE! LATER WORKS the one, holding to authority, in the other, seeking out the truth. As for our present enquiry, let us believe that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one God, maker and ruler of the whole creation: that Father is not Son, nor Holy Spirit Father or Son; but a Trinity of mutually related Persons, and a unity of equal essence. And let us seek to understand this truth, praying for the help of him whom we would understand, and desiring to set forth what we understand as he shall enable us, with such careful reverence as to speak nothing unworthily, even if we sometimes speak mistakenly.

It is rather the "rational soul," which feels, desires, and wills as well as thinks. —For this word, "understanding" is the only convenient equivalent, but it has the serious disadvantage of suggesting "comprehension," in the sense of appreciating the THE TRINITY 35 significance of an idea or a proposition, and observing its logical connection with the rest of our knowledge. Augustine always thinks as a Platonist of the objects of knowledge as so many concrete realities "laid up in heaven"; and like Plato he can only describe the knowing mind's relation to these realities in terms of the "most noble" of our bodily senses, that of sight.

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