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Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. III:
Jerome and Gennadius. Lives of Illustrious Men.: Augustine the bishop.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter XXXIX.

Augustine, 2636 of Africa, bishop of Hipporegensis, a man renowned throughout the world for learning both sacred and secular, unblemished in the faith, pure in life, wrote works so many that they cannot all be gathered. For who is there that can boast himself of having all his works, or who reads with such diligence as to read all he has written? 2637 As an old man even, he published fifteen books On the Trinity which he had begun as a young man. In which, as scripture says, brought into the chamber of the king and adorned with the manifold garment of the wisdom of God, he exhibited a church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing. In his work On the incarnation of the Lord also he manifested a peculiar piety. On the resurrection of the dead he wrote with equal sincerity, and left it to the less able to raise doubts respecting abortions. 2638  2639



Born at Tagaste 354, baptized at Milan 387, bishop of Hippo 395, died 430.


all he has written e T A 30 31 a Her.; 25 Fabr. add “wherefore on account of his much speaking Solomon’s saying came true that ‘In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.’” This expression in the editions has been the ground of much comment on Gennadius’ Semi-pelagian bias, but it almost certainly does not represent the original form of the text.


Abortions “That abortions…shall rise again I make bold neither to affirm nor to deny” Augustine De civ. Dei. 22, 13.


T 31 end thus; A omits and leftabortions but adds a few lines of other matter; e adds differing matter; a adds remained a catholic; 30 adds remained a catholic and died in the same city—the city which is still called Hypporegensis; while 25 adds a vast amount.

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