SMC 208!!

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Smc 208 lec 8 oct 4  We move from the eastern society (the greek) o Now we move into the western society (latin)  Latin society o Very strong probability that peter and paul died as matryes in rome o Rome was a greek speaking church o Beginning of latin Christian literature is associated with the church of latin Africa o Earliest translation of the bible took place in Africa in 2 cent. But it wasn’t very good o Great latin Christian theologian was Tertullian who live din northern Africa o Great bishops was cyprium  Augustine of Hippo 354-430 in thagaste (today its Nigeria) o Mom was Christian and dad was not (but was baptised before he died) o He was not baptized as an infant  Why? Because there was no confession at this time and the idea was made that people should be let to grow up(esp boys) and become a bit more mature and she knew he would sin etc and then it would be his choice to be baptised (just like the first process of the catechumate) o He was a roman/latin person o The parents wanted him(like really wanted him) to really pursue edu o At age of 17 he goes to carthage; his edu from the beginning was focused on languages/literature; 2 of his fav authors are virgil and cicero o According to augustine adolescent brought about sexual sin, sexual lust, desire etc  Augustine had a son named adeodatus  At age of 19 he read by Cicero called horteusius (it was stoic argument on how important philosophy was and about wisdom and how material items wont get you anything and the only thing that will get you somewhere was knowing wisdom); his reading of this was a start of a conversion(not Christian conversion but just a conversion of wanting to seek more)  Augustine was shocked that there was no mention to Christ in cicero’s book and he thought wisdom was related to Christ; so he sought out to the latin bible but it was very good “so he puts the bible aside” but still had a desire for understanding of life and his vision; then Augustine came around a “manism religion”  Mani born in 216; his family belonged to jewish Christian group and so this fellow was exposed to all these religious ideas and at the age of 12 he had a revelation which was repeated when he was 24 and he was called to correct the revelations to the Buddha and jesus etc his religion was in many countries  His religion was key on evil and it was an attempt to explain evil  Mani’s solution = 2 gods; one evil one good; good was greater than evil and he symbolized them as light vs darkness  He sees three moments of genesis of this meet: in the begining darkness and light were separate but then darkness invades light but doesn’t overcome it; light struggl
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