In the case of predestination to salvation or damnation/reprobation Saint Augustine was unfortunately just as fierce and just as heretical as John Calvin 1000 years later. Calvin was simply re-presenting the Augustinian teaching which the Church of the West had wisely laid to one side and ignored.
I don't think even Augustine would look at the Reformed traditions of Luther and Calvin and recognize his own work in them.
He would for they often quoted him.
Is that the best you can do? I quote Marx alot but that hardly makes me a Marxist. Besides, a lot of Augustine's writings, particularly his early ones, were the ones used almost exclusively by the fathers of the Reformation and Radical Reformation. Almost never did they refer to Augustine's Retractations where he clarified, denied and flat out abnegated and changed his earlier views. Augustine would never have sanctioned what Luther and Calvin did nor would he see his view of the Church, in praxis and in doctrine, in the churches that resulted from their actions.
Sorry, but Calvinism borrows heavily
from Saint Augustine's later works. They pretty much ignore his early christian works. Saint Augustine in his early christian years advocated the libertarian freedom of the will. However, from the year 396 A.D. onward he started to advocate determinism. At first soft determinism and over the years it gradually hardened. I'm sorry to say, but Saint Augustine died a determinist. His Retractationes aren't always
a retraction of earlier views.....sometimes they were a more deeper thought.
But regardless. His earlier christian views was one of libertarian freedom of the will, predestination based on foreseen faith........etc. His later views is one of determinism and predestination based on God's unconditional election. And so you had it backwards.
He never changed his mind on unconditional election, a double election view of being elected to grace(water Baptism or initial salvation) and elected to glory(final perseverance). He never changed his mind about the individual not knowing if they were elect or not. He never changed his mind about determinism.....he died a determinist. He didn't change his mind about his view of quote on quote infallible grace.......what a number of Calvinists would spin as irresistible grace. He never changed his mind about free will being lost, destroyed.....etc. with the fall of Adam and Eve. Thus for the need of created, infallible and particular prevenient grace that leads to the grace of water Baptism view.
Nope, he didn't change his mind about any of that.
And in regards to what he changed in regards to his early years. Well, a good book to get, that I have......is this:http://www.amazon.com/Augustine-Earlier-Writings-Christian-Classics/dp/066424162X (Augustine: Earlier Writings (Library of Christian Classics))
This not only includes his early writings, but it also includes his Retractationes to his early writings.
You are making it seem as if Saint Augustine started out as a Calvinist in his early years only to come out as a free willer Arminian in his later years. No, I'm sorry to say that the truth is the opposite. In his early christian years he started out closer to us on these issues. Over time he changed into a determinist and thus someone that alot of Calvinists, including John Calvin(if you read his institutes then you would know that he did indeed quote from his later works. I don't want to be mean by saying this and so if you think I am coming off snooty, please let me know)
Also, if you read Luther's bondage of the will then you would know that he was relying on Saint Augustine, and post 396 A.D. Saint Augustine at that. Whereas the Roman Catholic he was arguing against(Erasmus)
was relying heavily on Origen(if you read first principles then you would be able to tell where Erasmus was getting his thoughts from)
I don't want to be rude, but they did quote Saint Augustine in his later years.
Now in saying this, I am not talking about Saint Augustine's view of the Church, Sacraments.......etc I am only talking about this issue......Pelagius and Pelagianism. When it comes to this issue, then yes! They quote from Saint Augustine's later works like crazy!