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On Grace and Free Will [Kindle Edition]

St. Augustine
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Augustine of Hippo (/ɒˈɡʌstɨn/;[1] Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis;)[2] (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius, also known as Augustine, St. Augustine, or St. Austin[3] was a Romanized Berber philosopher and theologian.
Augustine, a Latin church father, is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. He "established anew the ancient faith" (conditor antiquae rursum fidei), according to his contemporary, Jerome.[4] In his early years he was heavily influenced by Manichaeism and afterwards by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus,[5] but after his conversion and baptism (387), he developed his own approach to philosophy and theology accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives.[6] He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom and framed the concepts of original sin and just war. When the Roman Empire in the West was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name) distinct from the material Earthly City.[7] His thought profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. Augustine's City of God was closely identified with the church, and was the community which worshipped God.

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Theological Gem March 7, 2011
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History of Christianity is filled with remarkable men and women that have by their extraordinary lives and works exhibited what true discipleship is all about. However, even among these a few have had such an important and profound effects on Christian faith and practice that they tower well above everyone else. Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo and one of the doctors of the Church, is clearly one such individual. He was a vastly prolific writer and his works to this day are used in theology courses and as a reference for theological study.

"On Grace and Free Will" is a short treatise (it can be read in less than two hours) on two of the most important theological and philosophical concepts. St. Augustine's approach to them shows Christian theological reasoning at its best: firmly founded in the Scripture, yet using careful reasoning and persuasive argumentation in order to go beyond any particular set of statements and discern deeper truths and overarching themes. The conclusions that St. Augustine draws are intellectually sophisticated, and have stood the test of time, as the majority of Christians still adhere to them.

This is a beautiful short work of theology that is remarkably accessible. It is a timeless classic.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work! December 25, 2010
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I found this book to be astounding in it's simplicity & depth. I see the doctrine of grace did not start with Luther or Calvin as so many heretics claim!

Augustine did a wonderful job at stating and explaining the mystery of God's grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Grace and Free Will March 13, 2012
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I love this book. I would suggest that everyone get a copy and read it. It will open you mind and heart to the wonderful story of God's marvelous grace.
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St. Augustine wrestles with the age old question of allowing for God's sovereign grace and human kind's free will. He incorporates the use of Old and New Testament scriptures as well as the Apocryphal writings to lament his hypothesis. Since the beginning of time human kind has struggled with personal will and the sovereignty of God. Augustine's work is a classic treasure and in spite of the difficulty of the question a very good read. I highly recommend it for the Protestant as well as the Catholic. I graduated from seminary over 20 years ago therefore having been out of academia for so long I like to occasionally pick up an ageless classic. It certainly was well worth the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Grace and Free Will January 6, 2013
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I found the logic straight forward and easy to follow. I did not expect that. The subject was well covered but yet today, about 1600 years later, some still have difficulty with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book December 31, 2012
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This book is great for those of us wish to learn about the meaning of Grace and Free Will that you can then understand and explain to others, especially teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive explanation of grace March 3, 2014
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I recommend this book to those wanting to explore the grace of God. It is an easy read and very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tinman December 21, 2012
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Very helpful to anyone searching for truth and understanding of the Holy Word. St. Augustine's work is as timeless as the scriptures. This book and prayer will help you take your spirituality to the next level. To God be the glory!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by gabriel guzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Saint and book
We all love St. Augustine and this book endures us more to him
it is a well written book with much insight.
Published 3 months ago by Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Explained it well
Very good. An in depth explanation of the combination of the two subjects. Not the easiest of reads, but enjoyable.
Published 6 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars would highly recommend to anyone.
Great price. Very pleased with purchase and would highly recommend to anyone. As you can see I love reading and I really look forward to reading this.
Published 7 months ago by LiveLife
4.0 out of 5 stars On Grace and Free Will
Thank you Lord for the Grace and Free Will you have given us. Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood of you dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ join atonement for our... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathi Underwood
3.0 out of 5 stars This is written by the Saint who changed the Christian church from its...
It is a slow read for me because I try to place myself back in the time when Christians were a hunted species because of their belefs. St. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shari Withers
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Helps you understand man's freewill and God's grace and how to see
God work in your life and around you
Published 14 months ago by dodaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace - always needed
A great read. A great translation of Augustine's work on Grace. Grace - needed for all of us! God's abundance of grace is without question
Published 16 months ago by Andrew J D Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh if only we could do all that is written
Huge mind, free time and no TV. What do you get? A free flowing mind and a hand that could keep up. Genius and inspiring.
Published 17 months ago by Tamara Green
5.0 out of 5 stars finally have it
I heard about this in College ands but never bought it. Now I have it and enjoy it greatly in the Netflix Library.
Published 17 months ago by duncanhaus
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