The Retractions (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 60)

The Retractions (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 60)

Copyright Date: 1968
Pages: 339
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    The Retractions (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 60)
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    eISBN: 978-0-8132-1160-2
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xii)
    (pp. xiii-xxi)

    As st. augustine was approaching the end of his long and active life, he was much concerned about his literary production—the books and letters he had dictated, the sermons he had preached. Being a very sensitive person and realizing that his life had passed through many vicissitudes, some of which plagued him almost to the end, he was deeply solicitous about anything in his writings that was not strictly orthodox, or, as he himself put it in a letter of the year 427/428, “anything that offends me or might offend others.”¹ Thus, he set to making a systematic review...

    (pp. xxii-xxvi)
      (pp. 3-5)

      For a long time I have been thinking about and planning to do something which I, with God’s assistance, am now undertaking because I do not think it should be postponed: with a kind of judicial severity, I am reviewing my works—books, letters, and sermons¹—and, as it were, with the pen of a censor, I am indicating what dissatisfies me. For, truly, only an ignorant man will have the hardihood to criticize me for criticizing my own errors. But if he maintains that I should not have said those things which, indeed, dissatisfied me later, he speaks the...

    • BOOK ONE
      (pp. 6-118)

      (1) When, therefore, I had given up the vanities of this world, those I had acquired or those I wished to acquire, and had turned to the tranquility of Christian life,² before my baptism I wrote, first of all, against the Academics or about the Academics, so that, with the most forceful reasons possible, I might remove from my mind—because they were disturbing me—their arguments which in many men instill a despair of finding truth³ and prevent a wise man from giving assent to anything or approving anything at all as clear and certain,⁴ since to them everything...

    • BOOK TWO
      (pp. 119-272)

      The first two books which I wrote as a bishop are addressed to Simplician,¹ bishop of the Church in Milan who succeeded the most blessed Ambrose.² They deal with various questions. I put into the first book the two on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. The first of these is on the passage: “What shall we say, then? Is the Law sin? By no means!”³ up to the place where he says: “Who will deliver me from the body of this death? The grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”⁴ In this question,⁵ the words...

    (pp. 275-313)