Quotes from Saint Augustine



From Sermon LII

"This then is not God, if thou has comprehended it; but if this be God, thou hast not comprehended it."

From Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists

It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected.  For many have found advantage (as we have proved, and are daily proving by actual experiment), in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching, or might follow out in act what they had already learned in word."

From De Trinitate 7.7

"I feel that nothing so casts down the manly mind from its height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state."

Some Random Quotes

"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies.  The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell."

"All diseases of Christians are to be ascribed to demons; chiefly do they torment freshly-baptized Christians, yea, even the guiltless new-born infants."

"Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations."

"Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause
 of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men."

"It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam."

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