St. Augustine’s writing is always very attractive to me. I got this book of English version as a gift from my friend. I was not mature enough to read it at that time and my English was not good enough to understand it. When I opened this book now, I just cannot stop loving it. It is such a strong book to defense our faith in all sense and at the same time answers a lot of questions which are prevalent among all ages.
I do not know very well the difference between the philosophy and theology since in the place where I study, we do not have theology. St. Augustine for me is a great philosopher.. (one of the few Catholics which could be put in the philosophy books in the universities here….)
Still the notes here are just for my own interests. If you find them are interesting, I like discussing philosophy with people.
I found a summary about what this book is written about, since it has many pages and some piece is very specific for his time.
( a Catholic who writes blogs dedicate for the writing of St. Augustine. just quotes here and there are some interesting resources there, I just quote the link here and will read later, btw. I borrow the pictures of St. Augustine from his blog…)
I will write summary myself too, which definitely is not fit for his time, since I am not familiar with the historical background of Rome empire.
Book I: He is trying to defend Church from the attack of pagans. They blamed church for the depleting of Roman empire and made fun of many Christian virtue. The questions of roman pagans are not just for their time. We still ask those questions these days such as why good people and bad people suffers similarly? Why does God do not come to our assistant when we need him? and many many other interesting questions. I feel it is interesting about three aspects of book 1: his discussion on why the good and the bad are treated similarly, the meaning of chastity and why suicide is always irresponsible. These three aspects are definitely related. (Notes for Book one)