Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 350: Various Sermons
Various inauthentic treatises attributed to Augustine mentioning the Vandals are extant. The second of four books or sermons on the Creed addressed to the catechumens appear in the ninth volume of the Benedictines and are among this number. According to one treatise the Arian heresy did not damage the Church. Its tenderness is deceptive, its wondrous promises only vain amusements.
Come and I will protect you. If you are in need I will nourish you. If you are naked I will clothe you. I will give you money and regulate what each person receives daily. Misfortunate as you are, you exorcize Christ, you will re-baptize a Catholic. There is something pernicious in the means used for that: you will treat some with violence and powerful authority to force them to be lost. You will buy others with silver for sacrificing them in your impiety.
The Vandals would almost certainly not have acted in this manner before the peace in parts of Africa. After Augustine’s death they defeated Count Boniface a second time, but could only dream of mastering the country and establishing their religion by force. A capable scholar has noted this treatise is not Augustine’s.1 He judges its inauthenticity and should be followed because of various places where the atmosphere is less serious than Augustine’s and several scripture exegeses which are apparently not his. However several items are worthy of Augustine and it is easy to believe...