Fulgentius: Selected Works by Fulgentius, Robert B. Eno

By Fulgentius, Robert B. Eno

Fulgentius, bishop of Ruspe (c.467-532), is taken into account the best North African theologian after the time of St. Augustine. while Fulgentius used to be born, North Africa have been lower than the rule of thumb of Germanic Vandals for numerous a long time. His relations used to be again and again victimised via Vandal persecutions, and Fulgentius himself suffered persecution and exile. whereas in exile, he persevered his pastoral labours and have become the theological spokesman of the displaced. although he used to be now not an unique philosopher, he propagated the Augustian historical past and defended it opposed to its adversaries, particularly the Arians and Pelagians (or semi-Pelagians). With thorough realizing and conviction, Fulgentius promoted the Trinitarian theology of Augustine. He additionally defended and defined Augustine's tricky and arguable stance at the query of predestination. Fulgentius contributed drastically to the transmission and interpretation of a theological background that may dominate and form the Church within the West for centuries to come back. regrettably, many writings of Fulgentius were misplaced. of these that survived, crucial are dated to the interval of his moment exile and the 16 years from his go back to North Africa from Sardinia till his demise. during this quantity, Fulgentius's most important writings are translated into English for the 1st time. the choices offered right here offer readers a distinct chance to check the considering this crucial church father.

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Sustaining the resolve of his heart with the aid of his heavenly assistance, the merciful and kind God swiftly restored the health of his body. Then the soul of the wise man, moved by a higher piety, with his whole mind crucified the world to himself, and he, crucified to the world, walked the path of righteousness from his youth, as it is written. He gave over as a gift to his mother alone, even though he had a younger brother named Claudius,15 the property that belonged to him, in order that, later, it might be given to this brother by his mother if he served her well.

Here, as a faithful dispenser, finding the opportunity for using the talents entrusted to him, in the little room where he was staying, he diligently began to instruct orthodox Catholics who came to him; explaining how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, while the distinction of the three persons was maintained, were still preached as one God by the faithful. So pleasant was the eloquence of the blessed Fulgentius, such joy radiated from his countenance, that, almost as in a contest, holy charity drew all the faithful either to question the learned man or to hear how he answered the questions.

I do not know by what urging of the Holy Spirit the crowd of people that went before Fulgentius took another road and, even while his enemy sat waiting on the other road, placed the blessed Fulgentius on the bishop’s chair. The divine sacraments were celebrated that very day, and, after receiving communion from the hands of the blessed Fulgentius, the happy crowd dispersed. When he heard what had happened, the deacon, albeit tardily, bowed to the divine will. When this man returned, the blessed Fulgentius received him with kindness, mercy, and love, so much so that he afterwards ordained him a priest.

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