Special Report

Augustine’s Legacy

Augustine’s influence on the Christian church and on Western society in general is well recognized by scholars and theologians. But in retrospect, his philosophies may not have shed much light.

Shadows of Augustine

Shadows of Augustine

Peter Nathan

Both the general Christian community and those who reject religion in favor of rationalism owe an intellectual debt to Augustine.

Is God a Trinity?

Is God a Trinity?

Peter Nathan

Jeannette B. Anderson

It may be mainstream Christianity’s most important dogma, but where does trinitarianism come from, and what does the Bible have to say about it?

Philosophical Faith

Philosophical Faith

Peter Nathan

Faith became an enduring element of Augustine’s contribution to theology. But how does faith accord with reason?

The Original View of Original Sin

The Original View of Original Sin

Peter Nathan

Augustine’s writings on original sin are often seen as a reaction to his own perceived youthful sexual excesses. In reality, his views are rooted in philosophy.

Hell: Origins of an Idea

Hell: Origins of an Idea

Richard Burky

Jeannette B. Anderson

Belief in everlasting punishment in a blazing inferno is almost as old as humanity itself. But is it based on the Bible’s teachings? What is hell? 

On the Immortality of the Soul

On the Immortality of the Soul

Stephen Elliott

Most religious faiths teach that as humans we possess an immortal soul. Where did that idea come from? Is it biblical?