30 June 2010

Patristic Quote of the Day

The sting, however, is that by which death was made, and not that which death made, since it is by sin that we die, and not by death that we sin. It is therefore called the sting of death on the principle which originated the phrase the tree of life,— not because the life of man produced it, but because by it the life of man was made. -- St. Augustine, On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins, chapter 20.

1 comment:

Becky said...

This all makes perfect sense, but I'm sure glad I don't have to diagram these sentences!