I recently met an individual while reading “Witness to Hope” (JPII) and St. Augustines “Confessions”. We’ve had a few discussions on Catholic theology,etc. In our latest conversation, he mentioned that the reason that the Roman Catholic Church and it’s closer relatives (Orthodox, Anglican) were overly legalistic in their approach due to the influences of people such as Augustine and Martin Luther (who he claimswere lawyers). (Though he has great admiration for JPII) He said that Augustines views on women were very extreme (?). He then stated that he felt that no one church (protestant or catholic) had the answers…How can I counter?
First, I don’t find Augustine overly legalistic, but very expressive and complete in his reasoning (though I’ve only read Confessions so far). Secondly, it was my understanding that Augustine was a rhetorics teacher, not a lawyer. Finally, I don’t find Augustines views of women to be harsh in the slightest, though I have often heard such protests against him. Is this type of non-Protestant, non-Catholic association classified as Non-Denominational? Thoughts?