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Post-Nicene Western Fathers: Augustine

Throughout this year we have surveyed how sixteen early church fathers contributed to the church’s understanding of truth during the years AD 100–420. Some defended the teachings of Scripture as the foundation of the Christian faith in a day when Christians were persecuted. Others defended Christianity against the attacks of paganism. Several men we studied […]

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Virtues in Unbelievers  

“Virtues” in Unbelievers   What is the Protestant Reformed view with regard to the virtues that are found in unbelievers? There are many unbelievers who have the virtues of patience, integrity, self-control, and many others. Since we believe that man forfeited many of these virtues in the fall, how do unbelievers have these virtues without Christ’s […]

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Augustine: Captive of Grace

There is nothing more beautiful in the whole world than the grace of God. God’s grace! Grace that takes hold of a man, a man who is dead in sin, and revives him; grace that takes the spiritually deformed and refashions him in image of Jesus Christ; grace that takes an ugly sinner and beautifies […]

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November 13, 354

Monica was a young wife who had longed for the birth of their child. And now finally, on this mid-November morn, he was here—a beautiful baby boy. She held him close. His tiny feet and hands, so perfectly formed, were a wonder to her. She wept for joy that God had given her this precious, […]

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Of all the early church fathers, perhaps none has had more influence on Reformed thought than Augustine. Particularly, his refutations of Pelagius’ heretical views on free will formed a sure foundation on which the Reformed doctrine of salvation was built. Yet in his teaching on sex and marriage Augustine made serious errors—or more correctly only […]

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Saint Augustine at the Movies

Most of our readers have heard of Augustine (354-430 AD) at some point in their lives. Perhaps your knowledge of him is rather scanty or dim. If you know anything at all about him, it is likely that you have read parts or the whole of his work The Confessions of Saint Augustine. This work […]

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Christian Psychology Conflict (2)

Christian psychology is the study of man’s soul and how it stands in relationship to God. This study was the cause of heresy and conflict within the medieval churches. The dogmas developed in this field at that time had their origins basically in either Greek philosophy or theology. These positions were antithetical, yet attempts to […]

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Son of Tears

“Son of Tears” by Henry Corey Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.   Rev. Mr. Corey, an author of several other books, is a pastor in Orthodox Presbyterian Church in California. He was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. His life has been dedicated to the work of the Lord, […]

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Saint Augustine

Probably one of the greatest and most influential church fathers of the ages was Augustine. He was born in Tageste in 354. His mother, Monica, was a staunch believer in the Christian faith and she tried to indoctrinate these beliefs into her son despite the hindrance of his pagan father. While still very young, his […]

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