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By John Burnaby

This quantity, part of the Library of Christian Classics sequence, explores Augustine's vintage paintings at the Trinity and his realizing 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 background. via those works--each written sooner than the tip of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to have interaction the tips that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.

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The love which we can have for Paul is based upon a knowledge of general and specific ideas. We may be entirely ignorant of his 46 AUGUSTINE! LATER WORKS appearance, which may have been quite different from our imagination of it. Yet we know what a man is, for we need go no further than what we are ourselves. Plainly, Paul was a man: his soul was linked to a body, and lived a mortal life. We believe of him what we find in ourselves according to the genus or species in which every human nature is equally contained.

II Cor. 5:7. 12 I Cor. 13:12. 13 Matt. 5:8. 44 AUGUSTINE: LATER WORKS have gained strength for that seeing, there can be no purifying of the heart to make it fit to see him, unless he be loved by faith. Faith, hope, and charity, those three virtues for whose building up is mounted all the scaffolding of the Bible, are only in the soul that believes what it sees not yet, and hopes and loves what it believes. Therefore there can be love even of him who is not known, if yet he is believed. Doubtless, we must beware lest the soul, believing what it does not see, feign for itself an image of that which is not, and put its hope and love upon a lie.

So also it is because we have the idea of omnipotence that we believe the power of his miracles and of his resurrection to have come from the omnipotent God; and we think of such facts in accordance with our systematic knowledge of general and specific notions, whether innate or acquired by experience, so that our faith be not feigned. We do not know the appearance of the virgin Mary, of whom Christ was marvellously born, so that both in conceiving and in giving birth her virginity was preserved.

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