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Faith, Hope, and Love

By St. Augustine


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   1 - The Occasion and Purpose of this Manual - CHAPTER I. The Occasion and Purpose of this "Manual" 1. I cannot say, my dearest son Laurence, how much your learning pleases me, and how much I de ...read
   2 - The Creed and the Lord's Prayer as Guides - CHAPTER II. The Creed and the Lord's Prayer as Guides to the Interpretation of the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love 7. Let us begin, fo ...read
   3 - God the Creator of All; and the Goodness of All Creation - CHAPTER III. God the Creator of All; and the Goodness of All Creation 9. Wherefore, when it is asked what we ought to believe in matters of religio ...read
   4 - The Problem of Evil - CHAPTER IV. The Problem of Evil 12. All of nature, therefore, is good, since the Creator of all nature is supremely good. But nature is not supreme ...read
   5 - The Kinds and Degrees of Error - CHAPTER V. The Kinds and Degrees of Error 16. This being the case, when that verse of Maro's gives us pleasure, "Happy is he who can understand ...read
   6 - The Problem of Lying - CHAPTER VI. The Problem of Lying 18. Here a most difficult and complex issue arises which I once dealt with in a large book, in response to the urg ...read
   7 - Disputed Questions about the Limits of Knowledge and Certainty - CHAPTER VII. Disputed Questions about the Limits of Knowledge and Certainty in Various Matters 20. I do not rightly know whether errors of this sor ...read
   8 - The Plight of Man After the Fall - CHAPTER VIII. The Plight of Man After the Fall 23. With this much said, within the necessary brevity of this kind of treatise, as to what we need t ...read
   9 - The Replacement of the Fallen Angels By Elect Men - CHAPTER IX. The Replacement of the Fallen Angels By Elect Men (28-30); The Necessity of Grace (30-32) 28. While some of the angels deserted God in ...read
   10 - Jesus Christ the Mediator - CHAPTER X. Jesus Christ the Mediator 33. Thus it was that the human race was bound in a just doom and all men were children of wrath. Of this wrath ...read
   11 - The Incarnation as Example of God's Grace - CHAPTER XI. The Incarnation as Prime Example of the Action of God's Grace 36. In this the grace of God is supremely manifest, commended in grand an ...read
   12 - The Role of the Holy Spirit - CHAPTER XII. The Role of the Holy Spirit 38. Are we, then, to say that the Holy Spirit is the Father of Christ's human nature, so that as God the F ...read
   13 - Baptism and Original Sin - CHAPTER XIII. Baptism and Original Sin 41. Since he was begotten and conceived in no pleasure of carnal appetite-and therefore bore no trace of ori ...read
   14 - he Mysteries of Christ's Mediatorial Work and Justification - CHAPTER XIV. The Mysteries of Christ's Mediatorial Work (48-49) and Justification (50-55) 48. That one sin, however, committed in a setting of such ...read
   15 - The Holy Spirit and the Church - CHAPTER XV. The Holy Spirit (56) and the Church (57-60) 56. Now, when we have spoken of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God our Lord, in the brevity ...read
   16 - Problems About Heavenly and Earthly Divisions of the Church - CHAPTER XVI. Problems About Heavenly and Earthly Divisions of the Church 60. It is more important to be able to discern and tell when Satan transfo ...read
   17 - Forgiveness of Sins in the Church - CHAPTER XVII. Forgiveness of Sins in the Church 64. The angels are in concord with us even now, when our sins are forgiven. Therefore, in the order ...read
   18 - Faith and Works - CHAPTER XVIII [141] : Faith and Works 67. There are some, indeed, who believe that those who do not abandon the name of Christ, and who are baptize ...read
   19 - Almsgiving and Forgiveness - CHAPTER XIX. Almsgiving and Forgiveness 70. We must beware, however, lest anyone suppose that unspeakable crimes such as they commit who "will not ...read
   20 - Spiritual Almsgiving - CHAPTER XX. Spiritual Almsgiving 75. Now, surely, those who live in gross wickedness and take no care to correct their lives and habits, who yet, a ...read
   21 - Problems of Casuistry - CHAPTER XXI. Problems of Casuistry 78. What sins are trivial and what are grave, however, is not for human but for divine judgment to determine. Fo ...read
   22 - The Two Causes of Sin - CHAPTER XXII. The Two Causes of Sin 81. I shall now mention what I have often discussed before in other places in my short treatises. [186] We sin ...read
   23 - Reality of the Resurrection - CHAPTER XXIII. The Reality of the Resurrection 84. Now, with respect to the resurrection of the body-and by this I do not mean the cases of resusci ...read
   24 - Solution to Present Spiritual Enigmas - CHAPTER XXIV. The Solution to Present Spiritual Enigmas to Be Awaited in the Life of the World To Come 94. And thus it will be that while the repro ...read
   25 - Predestination and the Justice of God - CHAPTER XXV. Predestination and the Justice of God 98. Furthermore, who would be so impiously foolish as to say that God cannot turn the evil wills ...read
   26 - Triumph of God's Sovereign Good Will - CHAPTER XXVI. The Triumph of God's Sovereign Good Will 100. These are "the great works of the Lord, well-considered in all his acts of will" [218] ...read
   27 - Limits of God's Plan for Human Salvation - CHAPTER XXVII. Limits of God's Plan for Human Salvation 103. Accordingly, when we hear and read in sacred Scripture that God "willeth that all men ...read
   28 - The Destiny of Man - CHAPTER XXVIII. The Destiny of Man 104. Consequently, God would have willed to preserve even the first man in that state of salvation in which he w ...read
   29 - The Last Things - CHAPTER XXIX. "The Last Things" 109. Now, for the time that intervenes between man's death and the final resurrection, there is a secret shelter fo ...read
   30 - The Principles of Christian Living: Faith and Hope - CHAPTER XXX. The Principles of Christian Living: Faith and Hope 114. Thus, from our confession of faith, briefly summarized in the Creed (which is ...read
   31 - Love - CHAPTER XXXI. Love 117. And now regarding love, which the apostle says is greater than the other two-that is, faith and hope-for the more richly it ...read
   32 - The End of All the Law - CHAPTER XXXII. The End of All the Law 121. All the divine precepts are, therefore, referred back to love, of which the apostle says, "Now the end o ...read
   33 - Conclusion - CHAPTER XXXIII. Conclusion 122. But somewhere this book must have an end. You can see for yourself whether you should call it an Enchiridion, or us ...read

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