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4/16/2002                                                                                       View Comments

Saint Augustine

"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."

[Saint Augustine]

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"Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances,... and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn."

[St. Augustine, "De Genesi ad litteram libri duodecim" (The Literal Meaning of Genesis)]

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

[St. Augustine, De Trinitate 7.7]

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

[Saint Augustine (354-430)]

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"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."

[St. Augustine, Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists (417), p.214]

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

[St. Augustine (354-430)]

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"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."

[St. Augustine]

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

[St. Augustine, "Sermo LII"]

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"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."

[St. Augustine, from "The Dark Side of Christian History" by Linda Ellerbe, 1995, Morningstar Books]

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