One of my theological professors, Albert C. Outler, did the translation of Augustine's catechism or enchiridion on how to serve God through faith, hope, and love.
Augustine, was a 5th century North African theologian, who explored the ramifications of faith, hope, and love
in order to be a faithful Christian.
The Creed and the Lord's Prayer become a prism through which one explores the sub-topics of faith, hope, and love. Once the proper foundation has been laid, Augustine deals with lying, the problem of evil, the problems of knowledge, mankind after the Fall [Genesis 3], and concludes, with chapter 16, with the Mysteries of Christ's Mediatorial Work and Justification."
This small book has 69 pages of text and 6 pages of notes at the end, would be ideal for a serious lay study of people who know the Bible and want to explore theology with one of the West's greatest theological minds.
If the wise and caring pastor wants to introduce a group to theology, I recommend this book as a beginning, and then move to tackle Martin Luther's "Smaller Catchism," and follow that with John Calvin's "Instruction in Faith."
This three course meal will whet the lay appetite for more theological exploration and then a follow up with Christian ethics and Biblical Ethics [T.B. Maston, "Biblical Ethics."]
A strong and learned laity is essential for the living of these days.
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Saint Augustine (354-430 A.D.) was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity and translations remain in print. According to his contemporary Jerome, Augustine "established anew the ancient Faith." In his early years he was heavily influenced by Manichaeism and afterward by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. 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. When the Western Roman Empire began to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Catholic Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name), distinct from the material Earthly City. His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. Augustine's City of God was closely identified with the Church, the community that worshiped the Trinity. In the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, he is a saint, pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinians. His memorial is celebrated 28 August, the day of his death. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, the alleviation of sore eyes, and a number of cities and dioceses. Many Protestants, especially Calvinists, consider him to be one of the theological fathers of the Protestant Reformation due to his teachings on salvation and divine grace. In the Eastern Orthodox Church he is also considered a saint, his feast day being celebrated on 15 June. He carries the additional title of Blessed. Among the Orthodox, he is called "Blessed Augustine" or "St. Augustine the Blessed". --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 79 pages
- Publisher : Start Publishing LLC (28 December 2012)
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00AYOTNHS
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Saint Augustine is the manReviewed in the United States on 1 March 2019
It’s a great book. Saint Augustine is the man. It brings to light a lot of different views that I think are often misunderstood yet understood if you read everything he says.
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Good translation and worth the read.
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This is a book with which I was unfamiliar. You just have to love it if you are a St. Augustine fan.