Boethius on Foreknowldge and Freedom (Notes:62)

God is grand and his will encompasses everything—he is wholly good and is inseparable from good. But, if this is the case, then the original complaint still exists—if God is all-powerful, then why is it that the good suffer at the hands of the wicked? Fundamentally, Lady Philosophy’s stance is to the contrary: the wicked,…Read more »

Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy (Notes:61)

Born into a wealthy Roman family in 480, though Boethius had lost his father at an early age, he was adopted by an even more prominent family; well educated, Boethius wrote philosophical and theological treatises. He knew Greek and translated as well as commented on Aristotle. On top of this, he was a renowned public…Read more »

Augustine on Authority, Reason, and Truth (Notes:59)

Are faith and philosophy compatible ways of seeking the truth? Augustine, surprisingly, will answer that they are compatible, that though they appear starkly different at first glance, they are not so different after all. Augustine’s augment for why each is compatible with one another centers on how we come to know Truth and the purpose…Read more »

Augustine’s Platonic Background (Notes:58)

How important was Platonism to Augustine? Professor Thomas Williams illustrates by letting us examine Augustine’s Confessions (397). Indeed, with St. Augustine’s ‘autobiography’, he places his interaction with Platonism in the middle of the book, thus signifying that it was a foundational moment of importance to Augustine. But, the surprising thing is, though with age Augustine would distance…Read more »