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Just as, on the testimony of prophecy in the same scriptures, they beheved without hesi¬
tation that Christ is exalted above the heavens, though He is not seen by them in His
glory. Was it my duty to be displeased at the salvation of these men, and to call back my
colleagues from a fatherly dihgence of this kind, the result of which has been that we see
many blaming their former blindness? For they see that they were blind who beheved
Christ to have been exalted above the heavens although they saw Him not, and yet de¬
nied that His glory is spread over all the earth although they saw it: whereas the prophet
has with so great plainness included both in one sentence,‘Be Thou exalted, O God the
heavens, and thy glory above all the earth.’
Epistle 185, To Boniface:40
... not only watching that they should do no injury to the weak, and that they should be
delivered from their wicked error, but also praying for them, that God would open their
understanding, and that they might comprehend the Scriptures. For in the sacred books,
where the Lord Christ is made manifest, there is also His Church declared; but they, with
wondrous blindness, whilst they would know nothing of Christ Himself save what is
revealed in the Scriptures, yet form their notion of His Church from the vanity of human
falsehood, instead of learning what it is on the authority if the sacred books....
They recognise Christ together with us in that which the Lord Himself says in the
Gospel,‘thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day;’and they
will not recognise the Church in that which follows:‘And that repentance and remission
of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’
Epistle 144, To the Inhabitants of Cirta:41 \.. the promises of God to Abraham, “In
thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed”—^promises beheved when
brought to their ears as a prophecy, but denied, forsooth, when set before their
eyes as an accomphshed fact.’ Epistle 52, To Severinus:42 ‘But, the sect of Donatus,
restricted to Africa alone, is an object of scorn to the rest of the world, and does
not perceive that, by its sterility which refuses to bring forth fruits of peace and
charity, it has been cut off from the root of the eastern churches from which the
Gospel came into Africa....’ Epistle 43,To Glorius, Eleusius, the Felixes, Grammaticus,
et al.:43 ‘No one can erase from heaven the divine decree, [67v] no one can efface
from earth the church of God. His decree has promised the whole world, and
the church has filled it; and it includes both bad and good. On earth it loses none
but the bad, and into heaven it admits none but the good....’ Answer to Two Letters
of Gaudentius:44 ‘This work, so manifesdy a work of God, you call a human in¬
vention, without observing that you would not be separated from this church
that God himself promised to establish throughout the earth if you had not
40 Epistle 50 [ii,71-2]; Works,m,48()-\.
41 Wedderburn has this as Epistle 130, ad Memonum.The addressee actually pertains to Epistle 131 m
the edition he cites [ii,219]; Works,xiii,228.
42 Epistle 170 [ii, 262]; Augustine, Letters, i (1-82), trans. W. Parsons (Fathers of the Church, xii,
Washington, DC, 1951),243-4.
43 Epistle 162, [ii,251]; WorksM, 161.
44 bk. 1, ch. 33 [vii, 237],

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