Augustine’s High View of God and Low View of Man

I enjoyed reading this simply layout of the Augustine and his book “Confessions”. Its helpful to keep in mind the man Augustine if one wants to really understand his writings that have become so influential throughout church history and theology. Augustine’s self awareness and revelation of the glory of God more then anything shaped his thought, and the thought of much of western Christianity.

MATHEW GILBERT

St.-Augustine-Head-ShotOn this day in 354 AD, one of the most influential men in the history of the church was born.  St. Augustine contributed much to the church and shaped Christian theology like no one since the time of the the apostles. I feel it fitting today to reflect on this theological giant’s greatest work.

In one of the most influential works on Christendom, The Confessions of Saint Augustine, the author seeks to demonstrate two primary points that perfectly coincide with one another. Firstly, man is inherently sinful. Secondly, God is entirely glorious. These points could in fact be seen as one overarching theme expressed in two ways. Throughout The Confessions, Augustine autobiographically juxtaposes man’s sin against God’s holiness and glory.

The very construct of the work gives heed to this two-fold point. Augustine structures his Confessions as a long conversation with God. The style is very humble, as Augustine…

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