Augustine on the Fall of Humanity
Augustine Christian Truth and Fractured Humanity, ..
Can that be? Whether he liked it or not--and I rather think he did--Augustinemust have known himself to be one of the best educated men of the day. Like amodern Etonian condemning the public schools, yet all the while conscious thatthey have made him a little different from those who were not there--thisattitude, whether social or scientific or religious, has always in it an elementof pose. The pessimistic view of all worldly activities is clear enough in the'De Civitate Dei.' But it is counteracted by that other conception under which he views history as a work of art; in that sublimesense of human power and the beauty of things which was cited in the lastlecture. Nobody who felt that, could treat the sights and sounds of earth, theoutward beauty of things or even the course and revolutions of family andnational life, as a thing of no account. A famous story of S. Bernard relateshow he passed by the lake of Geneva and was unaware. S. Augustine has picturedfor ever the scene at Ostia, in which took place the conversation with hismother, to which all the ten books of the 'Confessions' are the prologue.
If Augustine occupies a place apart in the history of humanity, ..
To Tyconius also is due the interpretation of the millennial kingdom, asexhibited by the Church. Nor does Augustine state his doctrine for the firsttime in the 'De Civitate Dei.' We find it fairly well developed in the earliertreatise, 'De Catechizandis Rudibus,' and the division of human life into sixages. The main outline is all there. It was reserved for this work to treat itwith a vast sweep of imaginative vision, so as to embrace all created existenceand to found thereon an enduring apologetic.
Jul 11, 2014 · Augustine on the Humility of God
Having established that every human being had inherited guilt from Adam, Augustine taught that this was why that all human beings were damned, even if they didn't commit any extra sins of their own.
that perhaps he had not the qualifications of a statesman
Augustine thought that humanity was originally perfect ("man's nature was created at first faultless and without any sin"), immortal and blessed with many talents, but that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and introduced sin and death to the world.
Augustine’s Doctrine of the Bondage of Will - Monergism
Augustine's theory shows great understanding of human psychology. It provides an explanation for human suffering and guilt by teaching that those human beings somehow deserved these things.