Don't criticise Augustine!
If you do, it's letting Pelagians and heretics win.
And sticking your tongue out at all the doctors of theology.
Man, being a bad tree, can only will and do evil.
Man isn't free to choose between good and evil; our wills are captive.
We can't choose to do what's right.
Without the grace of God, we can only will evil [are you getting the gist yet?]
But that doesn't mean our wills are essentially evil [hang on a minute...]
But our wills are innately and inevitable evil [what?]
The will is not free to will the good.
It can't will what it ought to will.
But it can will whatever it chooses to will.
Sinful man can't love God.
The will can will what's bad but not what's good.
Only the will can will what's bad but not what's good [that's a tongue twister right there]
Sinful man can love what God has created, but can't love God.
Human nature is unable to want God to be God: we want to be God instead.
We can't love God more than anything else.
I said, we can't love God more than anything else.
If we do kind things it's by grace and not by our own free will.
Everything we do in accordance with our nature is an act against God.
Acts against God are bad.
We can't put right our badness by being hopeful.
Hope isn't contrary to love [what's your point, Lutherface?]
Hope doesn't grow out of good things but out of suffering which destroys good things.
The best way to do good isn't to perform acts of friendship;
It's to perform the act of conversion, following grace.
We can't choose to seek God.
The best way of getting hold of God's grace is to be eternally elected and predestined by God [that's alright, then].
We can't do anything to earn God's grace.
Did I mention we can't earn grace?
In terms of our human nature, we can't do what's right. Did I say that already?
Ignorance is no excuse.
I SAID ignorance is no excuse.
Our natures take pride in anything we do which looks good.
There's no moral virtue without pride or sorrow, i.e. without sin [Great, now sorrow is a sin].
We are not masters of our actions but servants.
We don't become righteous by doing righteous things. When we've been made righteous, we do righteous things. The philosophers were wrong.
Aristotle's Ethics is the worst enemy of the good.
Aristotle was wrong.
It's wrong to say that no one can become a theologian without Aristotle [take that, Aquinas!]
In fact, you can only become a theologian without Aristotle.
Theologians don't need to be logicians [take that, Dawkins!]
There's no such thing as a logic of faith.
You can't use logic to talk about theology.
But that doesn't mean that theology is illogical.
If you could prove theology with logic, you wouldn't need faith [that would be BAD, btw]
I hate Aristotle.
That's all for Part I, folks. You'll never guess what Luther talks about it Part II.