Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"City of God" XVI.31-32

Chapter 31:
Even in Isaac's naming (though I think I disagree with Augustine that Sarah laughed out of joy rather than scorn), we see a type of the difference between the City of God, born in joy, and the city of man, born in sin by nature.

Chapter 32:
In telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, God showed Abraham the true depth of his faith and the nature of his own obedience. For, as Augustine notes, the way we most learn about ourselves is when we see how we act under pressure and temptation. Abraham passed the test, and was rewarded for his obedience.

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