Henri De Lubac on the Chasm Between Current and Patristic Thought

The early church is working with an entirely different worldview and thought when it comes to Holy Scripture. It isn’t necessarily a method that we can just mimic but it is a whole approach when engaging the text. This is one of the chasms that we may or may not be able to cross when it comes to the oft times odd (to us) figural/allegorical/christological approach to reading scripture.

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Augustine: Allegory and the Good Samaritan

How would Augustine respond to modern day critiques of his "fanciful" exegesis of the Good Samaritan

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...His single matching our double

Augustine with a beautiful quote concerning salvation. 

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QOTD: Augustine on Expounding the Scriptures

From Sermon 95: On the Words of the Gospel, Mark 8:1–9, Where the Miracle of the Seven Loaves is Related

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QOTD: Augustine on Writing

The classic quote from Augustine on writing

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QOTD: Augustine on the Scriptures

A young Augustine reaches out and argues that to attack the Christian philosophy you must first understand the Christian scriptures for they are the foundation for the Christian’s thinking. The posture one must come to the Scriptures is one of humility and submission to the wisdom and knowledge contained in them. 

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The Viability of Augustine's Allegorical Interpretation of the Good Samaritan

How would Augustine respond to charge that we should not read the parable of the Good Samaritan allegorically?

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Maundy Thursday - A Reflection from Augustine

In honor of Maundy Thursday here is an excerpt from one of Augustine's sermons on the new commandment found in John 13:34, which says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."

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United in Christ: Augustine and the Tower of Babel

The tower of Babel marks one of humanity's most pride filled moments in history. Recall, the people wanted to build themselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be…

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QOTD: Uniting the Nations by the Humility of Christ - Augusti

If pride caused diversities of tongues (at the Tower of Babel), Christ’s humility has united these diversities in one. The Church is now bringing together what that tower had sundered. Of one tongue there were made many; marvel not: this was the doing of pride. Of many tongues there is made one; marvel not: this was the doing of charity. For although the sounds of tongues are various, in the heart one God is invoked, one peace preserved.
— Augustine, “Lectures or Tractates on the Gospel According to St. John” Tractate VI
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