Friday, June 21, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Augustine

Accordingly the Mediator, who was stronger than the angels, became weak for man's sake. So that the pride of the Destroyer is destroyed by the humility of the Redeemer; and he who makes his boast over the sons of men of his angelic strength, is vanquished by the Son of God in the human weakness which He assumed.

Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 AD, On Original Sin, Book II, Chapter 46 (translated by Peter Holmes and Rev. Robert Ernest Wallis, Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Philip Schaff, First Series, Volume 5, T & T Clark and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 1997, p. 254)

How does the idea of strength vanquished by weakness conflict with our normal view of things? How does it apply to our lives?

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