What value was St. Augustine to the Spanish?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "The Christian teachers of the first three centuries insisted, as was natural for them, on complete religious liberty;...natural law authorized man to follow only the voice of individual conscience in the practice of religion, since the acceptance of religion was a matter of free will, not of compulsion." http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08026a.htm

    But "...St. Augustine, holding evil to be permitted for the punishment of the wicked and the trial of the good, shows that it has, under this aspect, the nature of good, and is pleasing to God, not because of what it is, but because of where it is; i.e. as the penal and just consequence of sin (City of God XI.12, De Vera Relig. xliv)...." http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05649a.htm

    And so, while Augustine was opposed in Christian principle to doing anything more to heretics than to Excommunicate them, the Spaniards used this principle of using evil for punishment.

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    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07256b.htm#REF_VII

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08026a.htm

  • 1 decade ago

    Geographically strategic.

    It was situated near alleged French incursions on the coast of present day Georgia, and provided a lookout point for enemy ships that may be passing by.

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    1 decade ago

    They were looking for the site of the Fountain of Youth

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