De Doctrina Christiana (Oxford Early Christian Studies) by St. Augustine, R. P. H. Green

By St. Augustine, R. P. H. Green

The De Doctrina Christiana ("On Christian Teaching") is considered one of Augustine's most crucial works at the classical culture. Undertaken whilst the Confessions, it sheds mild at the improvement of Augustine's inspiration, specially within the parts of ethics, hermeneutics, and sign-theory. This thoroughly new translation provides a detailed yet up to date illustration of Augustine's suggestion and expression, whereas a succinct creation and choose bibliography current the insights of modern examine.

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Now the belief in the Lord's resurrection from the dead and his ascent into heaven reinforces our faith with a great hope. For it clearly testifies how willingly he laid down his life 113 Cf. Conf. 7. 11. 17, of God, based on Wisd. 7: 27, and on the relation of words and the Word, De Trin. 15. 14. 23–16. 26. 26 LIBER PRIMUS enim ostendit quam voluntarie pro nobis animam posuerit,114 qui eam sic habuit in potestatem resumere. Quanta ergo se fiducia spes credentium consolatur, considerans quantus quanta pro nondum credentibus passus sit!

Now just as the abandonment of one's earlier life and behavior, which comes by repentance, is a sort of death of the soul, so too the dissolution of one's former mode of existence is the death of the body. And just as the soul is reformed after repentance, by which the soul kills off its earlier evil character, so we must believe and hope that after this death, to which we are all liable by the bondage of sin, the body is changed to something better at the time of resurrection, with the result, not that flesh and blood take over the kingdom of heaven133—this is impossible—but that this corruptible thing will put on incorruptibility and this mortal thing immortality,134 and that without making any trouble (for it will experience no deprivation) it will be energized by the blessed and perfect soul in supreme tranquillity.

The teacher who reads out a text to listening students simply articulates what he recognizes; but the teacher who teaches the actual alphabet has the intention of enabling others 46 Cf. 1 Cor. 7: 31. 47 Rom. 1: 20. 48 Rom. 11: 36. 49 Cf. Plotinus, Enn. 5. 3. 14. 50 Latin deus has two syllables. 51 This category takes in the pre‐Socratic philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Stocis, and Epicureans, as well as popular belief. 10 PRAEFATIO legere noverint. Uterque tamen id insinuat quod accepit. Sic etiam qui ea quae in scripturis intellegit exponit audientibus, tamquam litteras quas agnoscit pronuntiat lectoris officio.

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