Saturday, May 01, 2010

Who Said It?

Expressing reservations about the prospects for Christian empire:

The Emperor has become a Christian - the Devil has not.


Bill White said...

St Jerome? That would make it rather late, but it's pithy and nicely pessimistic.

I do solemnly swear that I have not googled (but will as soon as I post this).

William Luse said...

So what did Google tell you? (Seein' as how no one else is taking a shot at it.)

Bill White said...

Google says St Augustine in his commentary on the 93rd Psalm. My pidgin Latin turned this up: " si christiani facti sunt imperatores, numquid diabolus christianus factus est?"


Works of Augustine online:

Migne PL 37 col 1207:

Cited in: (sorry about these long urls)

Lucy Beckett's "In the light of Christ: writings in the Western tradition":

and Henry Chadwick's "The Church in ancient society: from Galilee to Gregory the Great":

William Luse said...

And you are correct. I should have known your search would be exhaustive. I found it here.