Friars or nuns of the Augustine Order, established in the eleventh century in commemoration of St. Augustine, and in imitation of the ancient order founded by him in the fourth century.
Those who believe, on the authority of St. Augustine, in absolute predestination and effectual grace. That is, that predestination is quite independent of man, and that grace has no reference to preceding piety and moral
conduct, but is vouchsafed by God's own absolute will. Whom He would He did predestinate, and “whom He did predestinate, them He also called” (Romans viii. 30).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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