The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Book 7

Chapter I
He regarded not god indeed under the form of a human body, but as a corporeal substance diffused through space.
Chapter II
The disputation of Nebridius against the Manichaeans, on the question "Whether God be corruptible or incorruptible."
Chapter III
That the cause of evil is the free judgment of the will.
Chapter IV
That God is not corruptible, who, if he were, would not be God at all.
Chapter V
Questions concerning the origin of evil in regard to God, who, since he is the chief god, cannot be the cause of evil.
Chapter VI
He refutes the Divinations of the astrologers, deduced from the constellations.
Chapter VII
He is severely exercised as to the origin of evil.
Chapter VIII
By God's assistance he by degrees arrives at the truth.
Chapter IX
He compares the doctrine of the Platonists concerning the Logos with the much more excellent doctrine of Christianity.
Chapter X
Divine things are the more clearly manifested to him who withdraws into the recesses of his heart.
Chapter XI
That creatures are mutable and God alone immutable.
Chapter XII
Whatever things the good God has created are very good.
Chapter XIII
It is meet to praise the creator for the good things which are made in Heaven and Earth.
Chapter XIV
Being displeased with some part of God's creation, he conceives of two original substances.
Chapter XV
Whatever is, owes its being to God.
Chapter XVI
Evil arises not from a substance, but from the perversion of the will.
Chapter XVII
Above his changeable mind, he discovers the unchangeable author of truth.
Chapter XVIII
Jesus Christ, the mediator, is the only way of safety.
Chapter XIX
He does not yet fully understand the saying of John, that "the word was made flesh."
Chapter XX
He Rejoices that he proceeded from Plato to the HOly Scriptures, and not the reverse.
Chapter XXI
What he found in the sacred books which are not to be found in Plato.

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