The Eternal Happiness of the Saints


Author: St Robert Bellarmine

Publisher: St Athanasius Press

ISBN: 0981990150

Category: Religion

Page: 260

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The Eternal Happiness of the Saints is written by a Doctor of the Church, St Robert Bellarmine whose works are widely sought after but many have yet to be translated into English. This book is St Bellarmine's reflections on the Kingdom of God in Heaven and how we should lift our thoughts up to Heaven, our hoped for last end.

The City of God


Author: Augustine

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0307764761

Category: Religion

Page: 928

View: 1073

One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian philosophy, The City of God provides an insightful interpretation of the development of modern Western society and the origin of most Western thought. Contrasting earthly and heavenly cities--representing the omnipresent struggle between good and evil--Augustine explores human history in its relation to all eternity. In Thomas Merton's words, "The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints." This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is a complete and unabridged version of the Marcus Dods translation. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The City of God


Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.),Marcus Dods

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers

ISBN: 1598563378

Category: Religion

Page: 804

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"The human mind can understand truth only by thinking, as is clear from Augustine." --Saint Thomas Aquinas Saint Augustine of Hippo is one of the central figures in the history of Christianity, and this book is one of his greatest theological works. Written as an eloquent defense of the faith at a time when the Roman Empire was on the brink of collapse, it examines the ancient pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends worldly politics and will last for eternity, this book is one of the most influential documents in the development of Christianity. One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, "The City of God "is vital to an understanding of modern Western society and how it came into being. Begun in A.D. 413, the book's initial purpose was to refute the charge that Christianity was to blame for the fall of Rome (which had occurred just three years earlier). Indeed, Augustine produced a wealth of evidence to prove that paganism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction. However, over the next thirteen years that it took to complete the work, the brilliant ecclesiastic proceeded to his larger theme: a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil. By means of his contrast of the earthly and heavenly cities--the one pagan, self-centered, and contemptuous of God and the other devout, God-centered, and in search of grace--Augustine explored and interpreted human history in relation to eternity.

The Theology of Jonathan Edwards


Author: Michael J. McClymond,Gerald R. McDermott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019020852X

Category: Religion

Page: 784

View: 6894

Winner of the 2013 Christianity Today Book Award for Theology/Ethics Scholars and laypersons alike regard Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) as North America's greatest theologian. The Theology of Jonathan Edwards is the most comprehensive survey of his theology yet produced and the first study to make full use of the recently-completed seventy-three-volume online edition of the Works of Jonathan Edwards. The book's forty-five chapters examine all major aspects of Edwards's thought and include in-depth discussions of the extensive secondary literature on Edwards as well as Edwards's own writings. Its opening chapters set out Edwards's historical and personal theological contexts. The next thirty chapters connect Edwards's theological loci in the temporally-ordered way in which he conceptualized the theological enterprise-beginning with the triune God in eternity with his angels to the history of redemption as an expression of God's inner reality ad extra, and then back to God in eschatological glory. The authors analyze such themes as aesthetics, metaphysics, typology, history of redemption, revival, and true virtue. They also take up such rarely-explored topics as Edwards's missiology, treatment of heaven and angels, sacramental thought, public theology, and views of non-Christian religions. Running throughout the volume are what the authors identify as five basic theological constituents: trinitarian communication, creaturely participation, necessitarian dispositionalism, divine priority, and harmonious constitutionalism. Later chapters trace his influence on and connections with later theologies and philosophies in America and Europe. The result is a multi-layered analysis that treats Edwards as a theologian for the twenty-first-century global Christian community, and a bridge between the Christian West and East, Protestantism and Catholicism, conservatism and liberalism, and charismatic and non-charismatic churches.

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers

First Series, Volume II St. Augustine: City of God, Christian Doctrine


Author: Philip Schaff

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602065926

Category: Religion

Page: 640

View: 9868

"The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD marked the beginning of a new era in Christianity. For the first time, doctrines were organized into a single creed. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers did most of their writing during and after this important event in Church history. Unlike the previous era of Christian writing, the Nicene and Post-Nicene era is dominated by a few very important and prolific writers. In Volume II of the 14-volume collected writings of the Nicenes and Post-Nicenes (first published between 1886 and 1889), readers will discover one of Augustines masterworks: City of God. In this groundbreaking work, Augustine proposes a philosophy that sees history as having a purpose and direction. Coming at a time when Roman civilization was failing, this work argued that Romans could find comfort in Christianity because all of history was merely a struggle between the City of God (believers) and the City of Man (nonbelievers). Should Romans put their faith in the City of God, even their declining civilization should cause them no grief. Even though it was written at a very particular time in history, City of God appeals to all Christians seeking inspiration to continue their religious practice."

Eternal Happiness


Author: Saint Robert Bellarmine

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781497341128

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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Towards the end of his life Saint Robert Bellarmine composed himself a little retreat for his own spiritual benefit, so that he might find the eternal happiness of the saints. Let us also profit from his sage considerations and meditations. Saint Robert Bellarmine writes:This name is continually occurring in the Holy Scripture. The abode of the saints in heaven is called a "Paradise," because it is a most beautiful place, abounding in delights. But because men might suppose that paradise was a garden placed near a house, which could contain but few people, the Holy Spirit has added the name, "House," because it is a royal mansion, a great palace, wherein, besides a garden, there are halls, couches, and many other excellent things. But because a house, however large, cannot contain many people, and lest we should think that very few will possess eternal life, the Scripture adds the word "City," which contains many gardens and many palaces. But since St. John, speaking of the number of the blessed, saith: "After this I saw a great multitude which no man could number." And as, moreover, no city can contain an innumerable multitude, the word "Kingdom" is used, to which is added, "the kingdom of heaven” than which no place in the whole universe is more boundless and extensive.But, again, since in a most extensive kingdom there are many who never see each other, nor know their names, nor whether they ever existed; and since it is certain that all the blessed behold each other, and know each other, and converse familiarly with one another as friends and relations: therefore the Scriptures, not content with the name of "Kingdom," added that of a "City," that we might know its inhabitants are truly citizens of the saints, and as familiar, and as closely united together, as the inhabitants of the very smallest city. But, in order that we might likewise remember, that these happy men are not only citizens of the saints, but also friends of God, therefore the Holy Spirit calls that a “House," which it also named a "City."In fine, because all the blessed in heaven abound in delights, it is likewise called “Paradise." Hence these four words Kingdom, House, City, Paradise mean one and the same thing; and the Paradise is so extensive, that it can truly be called a House, City, and Kingdom. Wherefore, concerning this most blessed place I will first, under the word “Kingdom”; then under that of a "City ;" afterwards under that of a "House ;" and, lastly, under the word "Paradise" meditate in the chamber of my heart; and, with God s assistance, commit to writing what He shall please to suggest unto me.

A Saint Or a Brute

The Certain Necessity and Excellency of Holiness, &c. So Plainly Proved, and Urgently Applyed, as by the Blessing of God May Convince and Save the Miserable, Impenitent, Ungodly Sensualists, If They Will Not Let the Devil Hinder Them from a Sober and Serious Reading and Considering. To be Communicated by the Charitable, that Desire the Conversion and Salvation of Souls, While the Patience of God, and the Day of Grace and Hope Continue


Author: Richard Baxter

Publisher: N.A


Category: Christian life

Page: 384

View: 7798

The System of Doctrines

Contained in Divine Revelation, Explained and Defended. Showing Their Consistence and Connection with Each Other. To which is Added a Treatise on the Millenium


Author: Samuel Hopkins

Publisher: N.A


Category: Theology, Doctrinal

Page: N.A

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Numbers of the Lord


Author: Mark David

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465338888

Category: Religion

Page: 658

View: 1927

Biblical numbers have spiritual meaning and this spiritual meaning can also be understood chronologically. How did the Wise Men, for example, know what the Star of Bethlehem meant when it appeared? Is there some formula to relate these numbers to time? The answer is yes. Biblical numbers are part of a brilliant system stating Gods blueprint of the history of His church and of the world. In some cases a code, utilizing the Golden Ratio, even dates the Biblical event recorded in the text in which the numbers are embedded: the birth of Christ for example. In other cases, the numbers project the time the events will occur and are chronological prophecies: the fall of Jerusalem to the Roman general Titus in 70 a.d. or the Moslems sacking New York City in 2001 (9/11). In all cases, this book elucidates the power of God to ordain Time in order to make the history of the world.



Author: William Walsh

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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The Great Beginning of Cîteaux

A Narrative of the Beginning of the Cistercian Order : the Exordium Magnum of Conrad of Eberbach


Author: Konrad (Abbot of Eberbach),Benedicta Ward

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0879071729

Category: Religion

Page: 614

View: 6220

Great Beginning of Citeaux