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Augustine on Literal and Figurative Interpretation (2)

As we saw previously, Augustine’s general rule of interpretation centers on the notion of charity: if the literal level seems to lead away from the love of God and love of neighbor, an allegorical meaning must be sought. In practice, however, … Continue reading

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Augustine on Literal and Figurative Interpretation (1)

In light of my previous post (here), one very reasonable question might have come to mind: how did the Fathers determine what in Scripture was to be taken literally, versus what is to be understood figuratively? This is hardly an … Continue reading

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Chrysostom on the Good of Marriage, Part 2

In my final post on this subject, we encounter some truly beautiful words concerning marriage and family life as we arrive at the heart of Chrysostom’s positive view on marriage, which, I believe, stems from a principle found in his Homily … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Good of Marriage

Marriage is a contested issue in today’s society, but what many don’t recognize is that it’s always been an issue that has caused sharp debate, particularly within Christian communities. While the instructions of the apostle Paul concerning marriage, as most thoroughly … Continue reading

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Are You God’s Money?

And have you wandered away from the treasury? Those are the questions Augustine wants us to think about in his reflections on Mark 12:13-17. Mark 12:13-17 and parallels record a controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees and Herodians, in which … Continue reading

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