“Do Not Boast About Faith…” (Augustine)

In his sixth homily on the Gospel of John, Augustine interacted with Donatus and the Donatists of his day. The Donatist Controversy is a larger topic, to be sure. Basically, the Donatists led a moment (schism) in the early church driven by the belief that they were the true church because they were striving for …

Our Samson Has Torn Him to Pieces (Van Mastricht)

In chapter eight of Petrus Van Mastricht's Theoretical-Practical Theology he discusses the biblical topic of fallen angels and devils. At the end of the chapter Mastricht explained the "practical" part of this doctrine. For example, Mastricht wrote that we should avoid the sins of demons and strive against the temptations of Satan. At the end …

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