By Saint, Bishop of Hippo Augustine

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I believe so,' he answered. I said. 'Consider it more carefully, I entreat you. ' 17. ' He replied: 'Have I ever read the Academicians or have I been instructed in so many doctrines with which you, who are 25 In the Academica, I, iv, 17; I, xii, 46, we find a summary of the history of the Old and the New Academy, as given by Antiochus. 26 In characterizing the doctrine of Carneades. Cicero uses the terms probabile and veri simile interchangeably. Cf. Academica II, x, 32. ' I said: 'They by whom that doctrine was first defended never read the works of the Academicians.

Therefore, as I have said, let us now conclude this argument and let us send a report of it especially to your father, Licentius, whose mind I am now trying hard to direct toward philosophy. However, up to the present time I am still seeking an opportunity to admit him. But he can be more enthusiastically drawn to these pursuits when he learns that you are spending the time with me, not only in listening to but also by taking part in such discussions. '24 After I finished speaking, we stood up.

10 This experience so graphically described seems to indicate that at this time faith and reason were closely associated in the mind of Augustine. The powerful influence exerted on him by the books 'filled with thought' [libri quidam pleni] and his comparison of them with the writings of St. Paul, would lead us to believe that the former assisted him in understanding more clearly what hitherto he had accepted on the evidence guaranteed by faith. A similar vivid experience is recorded in De beata vita, I, i, 4.

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