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Behold! let us suppose a certain man is present whom we shall describe. Your brother comes in from somewhere. ' Then the man says, 'How much he resembles his father! ' 'Indeed not,' Licentius said. ' I said. ' VIII. 20. Then Trygetius said: 'It seems to me that the caution of the Academicians is far different from the foolishness of the man whom you depicted for us. ' 'As if, indeed, he would not be more foolish if he should say, 'Indeed, I do not know his father at all nor have I ever been told how much the boy resembles him; but still it seems to me he looks like him',' I replied.
C. Hinrich, 1908); L. Gourdon, Essai sur la conversion de saint Augustin (Paris: A. Coueslant, 1900). 6 In the Retractationes I, i, 3, Augustine explains that in using the word return [rediturus] he did not have in mind that human souls have fallen from heaven and have been cast into bodies on account of some sin, but that he had reference to their going back to God, the Author of their being: 'Alio loco de animo, cum agerem dixi: Securior rediturus in coelum, iturus autem quam rediturus dixissem securius, propter eos qui putant animos humanos pro meritis peccatorum suorum de coelo lapsos sive dejectos, in corpora ista detrudi.
I replied, 'How can you say that? " For it seemed to me that rumor rushed wantonly into your discussion since the Academicians would not even believe human eyes, much less, indeed, a thousand rumors, as the Page 44 poets fashion,29 but still they believe strange sources of illumination. But what kind of a defender of the Academy am I, pray? Or do you envy my freedom from responsibility in this subject of inquiry? ' 21. In the silence which ensued both of them looked at Alypius. Then he said: 'Indeed, I would like to have the ability to aid both parties in some measure, if your augury were not a source of fear to me.
Against the Academicians by Saint, Bishop of Hippo Augustine