St. Augustine of Hippo on Happiness & Peace ~ Notes

St. Augustine:
1. Believed that every human being desired happiness.
2. Believed that human activity was driven by the pursuit of happiness.
3. Believed that the highest good was NOT happiness.
4. God was the highest good.
5. Believed that the good life consisted in knowing and loving God.

Notes taken from Biblical Christian Ethics by Dr. David Clyde Jones:

The following note is based on a reading of Ronald Nash’s book, Faith & Reason, pgs. 280-285

Augustine saw a relationship between peace and order. He described peace as being the tranquility that results from order. For example, peace between a man and his maker was consisted of ordered obedience which was guided by faith and under God’s eternal law.

~ This seems right. There does seem to be a relationship between order and peace. Quite often when we are upset about something, we have no peace and our emotions and thoughts are disordered.

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).*
* The ESV and other versions use confusion instead of disorder.

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