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The Works of Aurelius Augustine

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Pages: 194

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Augustine

Excerpt from book: PEEPACE TO THE TKEATISE ON THE PERFECTION OF MAN'S RIGHTEOUSNESS. " AUGUSTINE has made no mention of this treatise in his book of Retractations: for the reason, no doubt, that it formed a portion of the Epistles, for which he designed a separate statement of Retractations. In all the MSS. this work begins with his usual epistolary salutation: " Sanctis fratribus ct cocpiscopis Eutropio ct Paulo, Avgustinus" [Augustine, to his holy brethren and fellow-bishops Eutropius and Paulus]. And yet, by general consent, this epistle has been received as a treatise,—and is so classed, not only in those volumes of his works which contain the copy of the work, but also in the writings of those ancient authors who quote it. Amongst the more renowned of these, and who are at the same time better acquainted with Augustine's writings, Possidius (In indiculo, 4) and Fulgentics (Ad Monimum, i. 3) expressly call this work " A Treatise on the Perfection of Alan's SigMeousness." So far nearly all the Mss. agree, but a few (including the Codd. AudOencnsis and Pratcllcnsis) add these words to the general title: " Advcrsus cos qui asscrunt homincm posse fieri justum solis suis viribus" [In opposition to those who assert that it is possible for a man to become righteous by his own sole strength]. In a Ms. belonging to the Church of Rheims there occurs this inscription: " Liber dc dcfuiitionibus qua: dicuntur Ccdestii" [The book of what are called the definitions orbreviates of Ccelestius]. Prosper, in his work against Collator, ch. 43, advises his reader to peruse, besides some other of Augustine's " boolcs," that which he wrote " to the bishops Paulus and Eutropius in opposition to the questions of Pelagius and Ccelestius." From this passage of Prosper, however, in which he mentions, but wit...  


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