Augustine - the ECW experts understand references that textual critics harumph

Steven Avery

When the ECW (early church writer) quotes are looked at naturally, sensibly, outside of textual criticism confusions, the results are more accurate.

The unity of the spirit: the trinity, the church and love in Saint Augustine of Hippo (2006)
John Paul Hoskins

It now becomes clear why Augustine has spent so long discussing the work of Christ. “Behold why the Son of God was sent; in fact, behold what it is for the Son of God to have been sent!”97 The reason why the Son was sent was for him to mediate between God and his creation; or to put it another way around, it was in becoming this mediator that the Son was sent.

But in the same way as the begetter and the begotten, so too are the sender and the sent one; so also the Holy Spirit is one with them because “these three are one [1 Jn 5.7]”. For just as being bom is for the Son to be from the Father, so being sent is for the Son to be known to be from him. And in the same way, as the Holy Spirit being the gift of God is to proceed from the Father, so being sent is to be known to proceed from him.98

98 trin. 4.20.29 Note Augustine’s use of the “Johannine Comma”, a very late interpolation into Latin manuscripts which first appeared around this time.
Is this from the 10 books on the Trinity where the authorship is questioned? No, this is book 4 of 15 books, Augustine authorship undisputed.

On the Trinity (Book IV)

29. As, therefore, the Father begot, the Son is begotten; so the Father sent, the Son was sent. But in like manner as He who begot and He who was begotten, so both He who sent and He who was sent, are one, since the Father and the Son are one. So also the Holy Spirit is one with them, since these three are one.
The scholars who are not confused by the textual critics often understand a clear and simple usage, even when the parrot the interpolation nonsense.

The Trinity
By Saint Augustine (of Hippo)
Editor - Edmund Hill (1923-2010)