Political Writings of St. Augustine

ISBN-10: 0895267047

ISBN-13: 9780895267047

Edition: 1996

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Presents an organized, comprehensive view of the saint's controversial ideas on sin, grace, and predestination.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Incorporated, An Eagle Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 358
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Thagaste, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war. His thoughts greatly influenced the medieval worldview. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396. Augustine was one of the most prolific Latin authors in terms of surviving works, and the list of his works consists of more than one hundred separate titles. His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinians. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians. Augustine died on August 28, 430.

Bibliographical Note
Origins of Coercive Government
Fallen Nature and the Two Cities
The City of Man from Cain to Romulus
True Justice: Not of This World
The Rise and Fall of Nations
An End to All Earthly Kingdoms
Brief History of the Misfortunes of Pagan Rome
God's Governance and Roman Political Virtue
Securing the Peace of Babylon
Empty Dreams and Reality
Natural Law and Civil Right
The "Just" War
Persecution of Heretics
Early View: The Work of Bad Men
Later View: Compel Them to Come In
Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists
Ecclesiastical Intercession in Civil Affairs
Mercy for Heretics: Letters to Donatus and Marcellinus
The Right of Priestly Intercession: An Exchange of Letters with Macedonius, Vicar of Africa
Advice and Reproof for a Military Commander: Letters to Count Boniface
Captivity in Babylon
Power to Crucify and Power to Release
Subject unto the Higher Powers
By the Waters of Babylon
Dino Bigongiari: "The Political Ideas of St. Augustine"
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