Why do we believe in Christ? by Augustine of Hippo

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“We believe that Christ was born of the Virgin Mary because it is written thus in the Gospel; we believe that he was crucified and died, because it is written thus in the Gospel; and we believe that he was truly born and truly died because the Gospel is the truth. Just why he willed to subject himself to all the weaknesses of the flesh he assumed in the womb of a woman is a hidden design, known to him alone.”

Augustine of Hippo, Contra Faustum 26, 7; PL 42, 483; CSEL 25, 736.

The belief in the Word of God is central to the Christian faith. If we neglect the Word of God, our belief is superficial. Jesus himself replied to satan that man shall live by man ‘lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord’ (Deuteronomy 8:3). Guided by the Holy Spirit and the Church man shall live by His word.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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