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Ronald H. Nash (PhD, Syracuse University) was professor of philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books, including The Concept of God and Faith and Reason.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Renewal Press (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788099175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788099175
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By A Customer on December 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is not out of print. It is readily available from the current publisher, Books on Demand in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The book has been praised as the best treatment of Augustine's Theory of Knowledge available. Chapter topics include an overview of Augustine's philosophical system, his treatment of skepticism, of faith and reason and an extensive examination of his often misunderstood theory of divine illumination.
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ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOK WRITTEN ON HUMAN EPISTEMOLOGY
ST AUGUSTINE IS A TRUE GENIUS
A MUST FOR ALL INTELLECTUALS
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The goal of this book is to explain what Augustine meant about how God is a light of truth that illuminates the human mind as a person evolves in various ways.

This gets into questions about how people learn. Plato felt that learning is really remembering ideas that the soul heard about in the spirit world. Augie had a different take on this which is learning involves pulling information from a virtual storehouse of knowledge that exists outside of the individual.

For me this relates to the three levels of consciousness which are the conscious, subconscious, and super conscious as defined by Western philosophy. I think the ancient Egyptians had further sub divisions of these.

The virtual knowledge warehouse that Augie believed in was perhaps his term for the super conscious which knows the plan that fate prepares for a soul before it enters this physical dimension. I guess this is true for Plato also.

This is one of the key points of the book and is not easy to understand.

The idea of reincarnation is also tied in with this. Plato and eventually Augustine believed in reincarnation. So past life experiences are another source of knowledge that may surface within an individual.

There's a clear differentiation between the soul and the physical body in Plato and Augustine's philosophy.

Augie got sidetracked with the Manichees cult in his early years. It's hard to imagine that there was ever a time when Augustine was a follower of a materialistic, skeptical belief system. I would say Augustine was often confused in his early years.

There's a progression of philosophical thought that started with Plato and continued with Plotinus and then with Augustine.
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