Augustine is perhaps the greatest Western Father, and with him as have been said, are “a series of footnotes to Plato”. He is certainly the first “Augustinian”. He also has affected both the Catholic Church and the Reformation, as too both Luther and Calvin, who are certainly Augustinians. And at least his books, the City of God, De Trinitate (The Trinity), and The Confessions, should be read by every Christian theolog, and pastor-teacher!
- Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.
- As quoted in Ten Homilies on the First Epistle of John Tractate XXIX on John 7:14-18, §6. A Select Library of the Nicene And Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church Volume VII by St. Augustine, chapter VII (1888) as translated by Philip Schaff. Anselm of Canterbury was possibly quoting Augustine when he wrote: “Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand”.