St. Augustine against Old Testament Straw Men

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October 24, 2013 by mattwilcoxen

ImageEver relevant, St. Augustine tries to shake the Manichaeans out of their false perception of what the Old Testament is about:

We certainly interpret the law and the prophets far, far differently than you suppose. Give up your error. We do not worship a God who is repentant, jealous, needy, or cruel; we do not worship a God who seeks pleasure from the blood of human beings or animals, nor a God who takes pleasure in sins and crimes, nor a God who limits his ownership of the earth to a certain small piece of it. For you are accustomed to inveigh violently and at length against these silly ideas and other similar ones. Hence, your attack does not touch us. Rather, you tear into certain opinions of old wives tales or even of children with language that is more inept the more violent it is. If anyone is moved by it and crosses over to you, he does not condemn the teaching of our Church but shows that he is ignorant of it. (The Catholic Way of Life and the Manichean Way of Life, 1.10.16)

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