Robin Gill's A Textbook of Christian Ethics, 3rd Edition PDF

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Constantine's adoptio n o f Christianity - fo r whatever persona l motive s - presente d Christians wit h ne w problems , o r problem s fro m a ne w perspectiv e whic h Ambros e almost alone , before Augustine, had begun seriously to tackle. It is hardly surprising tha t Augustine did no t presen t a thoroughly consistent theor y of the Stat e or o f the relatio n between Churc h an d State . No r i s it surprisin g that , i n vie w o f th e State' s paga n an d sometimes anti-Christia n past , h e remaine d war y of identifying th e Churc h too closel y with th e State .

Aquinas and Luther present the clearest and most sharply differentiated account s of the relations between nature and grac e and between reason and revelation . If, for the former, these relation s wer e continuous , fo r th e latte r the y wer e discontinuous . Fo r Aquinas, 'natural' religion and morality were crowned by revelation: natural reason could establish the existenc e an d som e o f the attribute s of God, but onl y revelation coul d establis h th e triune nature of God. I n short, grace completes o r crowns nature and revelatio n add s t o what ca n be know n throug h reaso n an d make s u s fi t fo r salvation .

H e ha d a son , Adeodatus , bu t despit e a long standing relationshi p wit h th e boy' s mother , h e neve r marrie d her . Brillian t at debate , rhetoric and logic he became a professor of rhetoric, founding his own school at Rome in 383. After hi s break with Manichaeism and a period o f contact wit h Ambrose, he finally became a 'Catholic' Christian afte r a conversion experience a t Milan. He was profoundly influenced b y neo-Platonism an d wa s baptized by Ambrose i n 387 . H e returned, wit h a small grou p o f famil y an d friends , t o lea d a monasti c lif e i n Afric a but , wit h grea t reluctance, wa s soon ordaine d pries t an d the n electe d a bisho p o f Hipp o i n 396 .

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