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On Monogamy

Chapter 1. Different Views in Regard to Marriage Held by Heretics, Psychic, and Spiritualists Heretics do away with marriages; Psychics accumulate them. The former marry not even once; the latter not only once. What do you do, Law of the

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No One Can Harm the Man Who Does Not Harm Himself

1. I know well that to coarse-minded persons, who are greedy in the pursuit of present things, and are nailed to earth, and enslaved to physical pleasure, and have no strong hold upon spiritual ideas, this treatise will be of

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On Repentance

Chapter 1. Of Heathen Repentance Repentance, men understand, so far as nature is able, to be an emotion of the mind arising from disgust at some previously cherished worse sentiment: that kind of men I mean which even we ourselves

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On Lying

De mendacio This book appears from its place in the Retractations to have been written about A.D. 395, as it is the last work named in the first book, which contains those which he wrote before he was Bishop. Some

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On Prayer

Chapter 1. General Introduction. The Spirit of God, and the Word of God, and the Reason of God— Word of Reason, and Reason and Spirit of Word— Jesus Christ our Lord, namely, who is both the one and the other,

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On Infants’ Early Deaths

Every essayist and every pamphleteer will have you, most Excellent, to display his eloquence upon; your wondrous qualities will be a broad race-course wherein he may expatiate. A noble and suggestive subject in able hands has indeed a way of

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The Antichrist

1. As it was your desire, my beloved brother Theophilus, to be thoroughly informed on those topics which I put summarily before you, I have thought it right to set these matters of inquiry clearly forth to your view, drawing

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On the Profit of Believing

De utilitate credendi Retract. i. cap. 14. Moreover now at Hippo-Regius as Presbyter I wrote a book on the Profit of Believing, to a friend of mine who had been taken in by the Manichees, and whom I knew to

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Of the Morals of the Catholic Church

Written by St. Augustine of Hippo in A.D. 388. It is laid down at the outset that the customs of the holy life of the Church should be referred to the chief good of man, that is, God. We must

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A Plea for the Christians

By Athenagoras the Athenian: Philosopher and Christian To the Emperors Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and Lucius Aurelius Commodus, conquerors of Armenia and Sarmatia, and more than all, philosophers. Chapter 1. Injustice Shown Towards the Christians. In your empire, greatest of sovereigns,

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