Included in Augustine's earlier theodicy is the claim that God created humans and angels as rational beings possessing free will. Free will was not intended for sin, meaning it is not equally predisposed to both good and evil. A will defiled by sin is not considered as "free" as it once was because it is bound by material things, which could be lost or be difficult to part with, resulting in unhappiness.
Sin impairs free will, while grace restores it. Only a will that was once free can be subjected to sin's corruption.
The early Christians opposed the deterministic views e. The Catholic Church considers Augustine's teaching to be consistent with free will. Augustine led many clergy under his authority at Hippo to free their slaves "as an act of piety". Christian emperors of his time for 25 years had permitted sale of children, not because they approved of the practice, but as a way of preventing infanticide when parents were unable to care for a child.
Augustine noted that the tenant farmers in particular were driven to hire out or to sell their children as a means of survival. In his book, The City of God , he presents the development of slavery as a product of sin and as contrary to God's divine plan. He wrote that God "did not intend that this rational creature, who was made in his image, should have dominion over anything but the irrational creation — not man over man, but man over the beasts".
Thus he wrote that righteous men in primitive times were made shepherds of cattle, not kings over men. He wrote: "Slavery is, however, penal, and is appointed by that law which enjoins the preservation of the natural order and forbids its disturbance. Against certain Christian movements, some of which rejected the use of Hebrew Scripture , Augustine countered that God had chosen the Jews as a special people,  and he considered the scattering of Jewish people by the Roman Empire to be a fulfillment of prophecy.
Augustine, who believed Jewish people would be converted to Christianity at "the end of time", argued that God had allowed them to survive their dispersion as a warning to Christians; as such, he argued, they should be permitted to dwell in Christian lands. For Augustine, the evil of sexual immorality was not in the sexual act itself, but rather in the emotions that typically accompany it. In On Christian Doctrine Augustine contrasts love, which is enjoyment on account of God, and lust, which is not on account of God. Therefore, following the Fall, even marital sex carried out merely to procreate the species inevitably perpetuates evil On marriage and concupiscence 1.
For Augustine, proper love exercises a denial of selfish pleasure and the subjugation of corporeal desire to God. The only way to avoid evil caused by sexual intercourse is to take the "better" way Confessions 8.
Sex within marriage is not, however, for Augustine a sin, although necessarily producing the evil of sexual passion. Based on the same logic, Augustine also declared the pious virgins raped during the sack of Rome to be innocent because they did not intend to sin nor enjoy the act. Before the Fall, Augustine believed that sex was a passionless affair, "just like many a laborious work accomplished by the compliant operation of our other limbs, without any lascivious heat"; the penis would have been engorged for sexual intercourse "simply by the direction of the will, not excited by the ardour of concupiscence" On marriage and concupiscence 2.
City of God After the Fall, by contrast, the penis cannot be controlled by mere will, subject instead to both unwanted impotence and involuntary erections: "Sometimes the urge arises unwanted; sometimes, on the other hand, it forsakes the eager lover, and desire grows cold in the body while burning in the mind It arouses the mind, but it does not follow through what it has begun and arouse the body also" City of God Augustine believed that Adam and Eve had both already chosen in their hearts to disobey God's command not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge before Eve took the fruit, ate it, and gave it to Adam.
In his Tractates on the Gospel of John , Augustine, commenting on the Samaritan woman from John —42, uses the woman as a figure of the Church in agreement with the New Testament teaching that the Church is the bride of Christ. Augustine is considered an influential figure in the history of education.
A work early in Augustine's writings is De Magistro On the Teacher , which contains insights about education. His ideas changed as he found better directions or better ways of expressing his ideas. In the last years of his life Saint Augustine wrote his Retractationes Retractations , reviewing his writings and improving specific texts. Henry Chadwick believes an accurate translation of "retractationes" may be "reconsiderations".
Reconsiderations can be seen as an overarching theme of the way Saint Augustine learned. Augustine's understanding of the search for understanding, meaning, and truth as a restless journey leaves room for doubt, development, and change. Augustine was a strong advocate of critical thinking skills. Because written works were still rather limited during this time, spoken communication of knowledge was very important.
His emphasis on the importance of community as a means of learning distinguishes his pedagogy from some others. Augustine believed that dialectic is the best means for learning and that this method should serve as a model for learning encounters between teachers and students. Saint Augustine's dialogue writings model the need for lively interactive dialogue among learners. If a student has been well educated in a wide variety of subjects, the teacher must be careful not to repeat what they have already learned, but to challenge the student with material which they do not yet know thoroughly.
With the student who has had no education, the teacher must be patient, willing to repeat things until the student understands, and sympathetic. Perhaps the most difficult student, however, is the one with an inferior education who believes he understands something when he does not. Augustine stressed the importance of showing this type of student the difference between "having words and having understanding" and of helping the student to remain humble with his acquisition of knowledge.
Under the influence of Bede , Alcuin , and Rabanus Maurus , De catechizandis rudibus came to exercise an important role in the education of clergy at the monastic schools, especially from the eighth century onwards. Augustine believed that students should be given an opportunity to apply learned theories to practical experience.
Yet another of Augustine's major contributions to education is his study on the styles of teaching. He claimed there are two basic styles a teacher uses when speaking to the students. The mixed style includes complex and sometimes showy language to help students see the beautiful artistry of the subject they are studying. The grand style is not quite as elegant as the mixed style, but is exciting and heartfelt, with the purpose of igniting the same passion in the students' hearts.
Augustine balanced his teaching philosophy with the traditional Bible -based practice of strict discipline. 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. Apart from those, Augustine is probably best known for his Confessions , which is a personal account of his earlier life, and for De civitate Dei The City of God , consisting of 22 books , which he wrote to restore the confidence of his fellow Christians, which was badly shaken by the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in His On the Trinity , in which he developed what has become known as the 'psychological analogy' of the Trinity , is also considered to be among his masterpieces, and arguably of more doctrinal importance that the Confessions or the City of God.
In both his philosophical and theological reasoning, Augustine was greatly influenced by Stoicism , Platonism and Neoplatonism , particularly by the work of Plotinus , author of the Enneads , probably through the mediation of Porphyry and Victorinus as Pierre Hadot has argued. Although he later abandoned Neoplatonism, some ideas are still visible in his early writings. He was also influenced by the works of Virgil known for his teaching on language , and Cicero known for his teaching on argument.
Philosopher Bertrand Russell was impressed by Augustine's meditation on the nature of time in the Confessions , comparing it favourably to Kant 's version of the view that time is subjective. His meditations on the nature of time are closely linked to his consideration of the human ability of memory. Frances Yates in her study The Art of Memory argues that a brief passage of the Confessions , Augustine's philosophical method, especially demonstrated in his Confessions , had continuing influence on Continental philosophy throughout the 20th century.
His descriptive approach to intentionality, memory, and language as these phenomena are experienced within consciousness and time anticipated and inspired the insights of modern phenomenology and hermeneutics. The first thinker to be deeply sensitive to the immense difficulties to be found here was Augustine, who laboured almost to despair over this problem. Martin Heidegger refers to Augustine's descriptive philosophy at several junctures in his influential work Being and Time. Jean Bethke Elshtain in Augustine and the Limits of Politics tried to associate Augustine with Arendt in their concept of evil: "Augustine did not see evil as glamorously demonic but rather as absence of good, something which paradoxically is really nothing.
Augustine's philosophical legacy continues to influence contemporary critical theory through the contributions and inheritors of these 20th-century figures. Seen from a historical perspective, there are three main perspectives on the political thought of Augustine: first, political Augustinianism; second, Augustinian political theology ; and third, Augustinian political theory.
Thomas Aquinas was influenced heavily by Augustine. On the topic of original sin, Aquinas proposed a more optimistic view of man than that of Augustine in that his conception leaves to the reason, will, and passions of fallen man their natural powers even after the Fall, without "supernatural gifts". According to Leo Ruickbie , Augustine's arguments against magic , differentiating it from miracle, were crucial in the early Church's fight against paganism and became a central thesis in the later denunciation of witches and witchcraft. According to Professor Deepak Lal, Augustine's vision of the heavenly city has influenced the secular projects and traditions of the Enlightenment , Marxism , Freudianism and eco-fundamentalism.
Augustine has influenced many modern-day theologians and authors such as John Piper. Hannah Arendt , an influential 20th-century political theorist, wrote her doctoral dissertation in philosophy on Augustine, and continued to rely on his thought throughout her career.
Ludwig Wittgenstein extensively quotes Augustine in Philosophical Investigations for his approach to language, both admiringly, and as a sparring partner to develop his own ideas, including an extensive opening passage from the Confessions. Contemporary linguists have argued that Augustine has significantly influenced the thought of Ferdinand de Saussure , who did not 'invent' the modern discipline of semiotics , but rather built upon Aristotelian and Neoplatonist knowledge from the Middle Ages, via an Augustinian connection: "as for the constitution of Saussurian semiotic theory, the importance of the Augustinian thought contribution correlated to the Stoic one has also been recognized.
Saussure did not do anything but reform an ancient theory in Europe, according to the modern conceptual exigencies. The libretto for this oratorio, written by Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria , draws upon the influence of Metastasio the finished libretto having been edited by him and is based on an earlier five-act play Idea perfectae conversionis dive Augustinus written by the Jesuit priest Franz Neumayr. As Dr. Andrea Palent  says:.
Maria Antonia Walpurgis revised the five-part Jesuit drama into a two-part oratorio liberty in which she limits the subject to the conversion of Augustine and his submission to the will of God. To this was added the figure of the mother, Monica, so as to let the transformation appear by experience rather than the dramatic artifice of deus ex machina. Throughout the oratorio Augustine shows his willingness to turn to God, but the burden of the act of conversion weighs heavily on him.
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Quod ideo dictum est, quoniam "libido non est bonus et rectus usus libidinis". Sicut enim malum est male uti bonis, ita bonum bene uti malis. De qua re alias, maxime contra novos haereticos Pelagianos, diligentius disputavi. De bono coniugali , See also Idem Clarke SJ writes: Towards Neoplatonism there was throughout his life a decidedly ambivalent attitude; one must expect both agreement and sharp dissent, derivation but also repudiation.
In the matter which concerns us here, the agreement with Neoplatonism and with the Platonic tradition in general centers on two related notions: immutability as primary characteristic of divinity, and likeness to divinity as the primary vocation of the soul. The disagreement chiefly concerned, as we have said, two related and central Christian dogmas: the Incarnation of the Son of God and the resurrection of the flesh.
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