By Henry Chadwick
This biography of St. Augustine is a splended scholarly tale. I loved each web page.
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Like most gnostics, Mani rejected the Old Testament as including too many cruel and unedifying stories to be deemed God’s word. He accepted a shorter New Testament purged of ‘interpolations’ falsely portraying Christanity as a fulﬁlment and continuation of the Old Testament. The ‘interpolations’ include the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke (whose genealogies are so divergent), narratives presupposing that the cruciﬁxion of the Son of God could be a physical reality (since he really had no body like ours at all), and any other texts at variance with Manichee dogma.
6). The ambition of rich citizens was to be ‘buried in an expensive sarcophagus at a funeral attended by columns of slaves both male and female, and a procession of dependent clients’ (S 102. 1. 2, 2. 3). Their villas were adorned with marble and rich mosaic (such as one may see in the Bardo Museum at Tunis). Carthage had a substantial concentration of sophisticated people of high Latin culture. High oﬃcials of the Roman administration there counted a poet or an orator or a civilized bishop a welcome guest at dinner.
But Platonism is the dominant characteristic of the third Cassiciacum dialogue, On Order, an essay partly on providence and the problem of evil, partly on the liberal arts (grammar, rhetoric, logic, and the mathematical disciplines) as a ladder leading up to reﬂection on the soul and its origin in God. Augustine is still in process of shuﬄing oﬀ the rags of Manichaeism. Two approaches are adopted. On the one hand, evil is non-being. On the other hand, it is absorbed within a greater whole. We need to see it within an overmastering cosmic order, whose discordant elements may contribute to the grasp of a greater containing harmony.
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (New Edition, with an Epilogue) by Henry Chadwick