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November 13 is the birthday of Augustine, and now you know. Something else you know is that the near future looks like a terrible mess. Let’s know the past while we work on fixing that. Augustine ain’t as important as or insightful as the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospels, but he sure does top your average Greek philosopher. The purpose of life is not money, power, fame, or physical pleasures; it’s the love of G-d and neighbor.
That’s all I got for the moment. I have a new book on Augustine coming out, and I’ll try to do a few posts on that later. For now, I’ll just give you this link to my first (and cheap) Augustine book, and this nifty tip on the subject of its third chapter:
Augustine’s second surviving book features a conversation held on his birthday in Cassiciacum, near Milan. They use his birthday meal as an opportunity to talk about the meaning of life. There’s some Stoicism stuff, some Plato stuff, and most importantly some Bible stuff that’s not exactly 100% compatible with the Stoicism and Plato stuff. It’s a short and delightful little philosophy/theology book. The book is called De Beata Vita, On the Happy Life.Published in