Sämtliche schriften und briefe series VI volume 4
Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften (ed)
p 2298

Date: 1685

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[A VI 4, p2298]

     Book 4 of Augustine's De trinitate: "against reason, no one is sober; against scripture, no one is a Christian; and against the church, no man will be peaceable."1
     Apology for the Catholic faith in accordance with right reason.
     There would be no obligation to believe unless God himself, speaking in us through reason, supplied the signs by which God’s word is distinguished from that of an imposter. Christ himself said: "if they had not listened to me, they would not have sinned."2
     Theologians among the Protestants are compelled to separate their own theory from practice, and in so doing they give testimony against themselves, for they do not grant to others the freedom they maintain for themselves. And when they brought the Protestant theory about teaching to practice, Anabaptists and Quakers and others of their ilk introduced that dreadful confusion in which whatever comes to mind is spoken about as if it were a dictate of the divine spirit and had to be made divine law. Moreover, when the same theory about doctrine was brought into practice, the Antitrinitarians and those like them reduced the mysteries of the Christian faith almost to nothing among themselves.


1. Augustine, De trinitate libri XV, IV, 6.
2. John 15.22.

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