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By Adam Ployd

The legacy of Augustine of Hippo (354-430) maintains to form Western Christian language approximately either the Trinity and the Church, but students hardly deal with those themes as comparable in his paintings. In Augustine, the Trinity, and the Church, Adam Ployd argues that Augustine's ecclesiology drew upon his Trinitarian theology to a stunning measure; this connection seems such a lot truly in a chain of sermons Augustine preached in 406-407 opposed to the Donatists, the rival Christian communion in North Africa.

As he preached, Augustine deployed scriptural interpretations derived from his Latin pro-Nicene predecessors - yet he tailored those Trinitarian arguments to build a imaginative and prescient of the charitable cohesion of the Catholic Church opposed to the Donatists. to sentence the Donatists for isolating from the physique of Christ, for instance, Augustine appropriated a pro-Nicene Christology that considered Christ's physique because the potential for ascent to his divinity. Augustine additionally extra pointed out the affection that unites Christians to one another and to Christ in his physique because the Holy Spirit, who supplies to us what he forever is because the mutual love of pop and Son. at the valuable factor of baptism, Augustine made the sacrament a Trinitarian act as Christ provides the Spirit to his personal body.

The ebook finally exhibits that, for Augustine, the cohesion and integrity of the Church depended now not upon the purity of the bishops or the guarded limitations of the neighborhood, yet upon the paintings of the triune God who unites us to Christ in the course of the love of the Spirit, whom Christ himself offers in baptism.

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