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1. Augustinian Studies: Volume > 47 > Issue: 1
M. Burcht Pranger Inside Augustine
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This article, which is an adaptation of a lecture delivered at Villanova University in the Fall of 2015, proposes a reading of Augustine’s Confessions (conf.) with the assistance of the notions of absorption and theatricality. The very use of those notions is meant to counterbalance the readings generated by our overfamiliarity with Augustinian interiority. By replacing interiority with a concept that, heretofore, is alien to the Augustinian vocabulary, it becomes possible to block facile access to mystical interpretations of conf. on the one hand, and to embark upon the (admittedly challenging) task of reassessing the nature of “confessing” on the other. This new reading demonstrates the difficulties involved in approaching the confessor fully involved in his act of sustained confessing. A comparison is also made with the notion of absorption in the visual arts. Just as spectatordom becomes problematic vis-à-vis a painting whose personae look inward rather than outward, so too the position of the reader vis-à-vis a text whose confessing creator uninterruptedly addresses his Confessee demands a redefinition of the reader’s role and place in the process.
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Brian J. Matz Augustine in the Predestination Controversy of the Ninth Century: Part II: The Single Predestinarians John Scotus Eriugena and Hincmar of Rheims
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A debate over whether God predestines some to reprobation broke out in the ninth century. No one actually taught this view, but both John Scotus Eriugena and Hincmar of Rheims, among other churchmen at the time, presumed it to be the view of those who referred to themselves as “double predestinarians.” In part, this was because the double predestinarians had made much of Augustine’s phrase “predestined to punishment,” a phrase that can in fact be found in several of his writings. This article, which is the second of two parts (for Part I, see AugStud 46, no. 2: 155–184), argues that Eriugena and Hincmar had difficulty avoiding the appearance of disagreeing entirely with Augustine’s use of that phrase. Eriugena said the phrase is to be understood a contrario to the divine nature; Hincmar said it is to be understood in a generic sense about God’s judgment on sin. Of the two, Hincmar came the closest to acknowledging that Augustine might have erred in using the phrase as he did.
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Gregory W. Lee Using the Earthly City: Ecclesiology, Political Activity, and Religious Coercion in Augustine
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Augustine’s political theology is characterized by two apparently contradictory impulses: his harsh moral critique of non-Christian political communities, and his approbation of Christian participation in these communities. I argue that Augustine’s ecclesiology illuminates the coherence of his thought on these matters. Augustine’s assertion against the Donatists that Christians do not contract guilt from ecclesial fellowship with sinners reflects his larger vision of the relation between the earthly and heavenly cities. Association with sinners is no more avoidable in the civic sphere than in the ecclesial, and the vicious character of non-Christian political orders does not taint Christians who participate in them. Indeed, Christian rulers exercise authority over the earthly city faithfully when they direct their civic authority toward heavenly ends. This perspective funds Augustine’s defense of religious coercion. Since the Christian ruler ultimately belongs to the heavenly and not the earthly city, he should use his earthly power to enforce church unity according to ecclesial and not civic duty.
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Brian Gronewoller God the Author: Augustine’s Early Incorporation of the Rhetorical Concept of Oeconomia into his Scriptural Hermeneutic
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In the past two decades scholars such as Robert Dodaro, Kathy Eden, and Michael Cameron have called attention to the influence that Augustine’s rhetorical education had on his scriptural hermeneutic. Recently, M. Cameron (2010) has argued that Augustine began to incorporate the rhetorical concept of oeconomia into his scriptural hermeneutic during his time in Milan. This article expands on Cameron’s work by establishing that Augustine had in fact incorporated rhetorical oeconomia into his scriptural hermeneutic by 387 / 8 C.E. through a focused reading of two texts from De moribus ecclesiae (mor.). This reading demonstrates that the terminology and logic that Augustine employs to argue for the unity of the Christian scriptures in mor. 1.17.30 and 1.28.56 mirror the terminology and logic of the Latin rhetorical tradition, revealing that Augustine uses the phrases mirifica dispositio (1.17.30) and admirabilis ordo (1.28.56) to represent the same concept that Quintilian had referred to with the phrase oeconomica dispositio (Institutio Oratoria 7.10.11).
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Benjamin P. Winter Gillian Clark, Monica: An Ordinary Saint
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Joel Elowsky Anthony Dupont, Matthew Alan Gaumer, and Mathijs Lamberigts, The Uniquely African Controversy: Studies on Donatist Christianity
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Mayke de Jong Peter Heather, The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders
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William B. Parsons Dong Young Kim, Understanding Religious Conversion: The Case of Saint Augustine
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Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A. Miloš Lichner, S.J., Vers Une Ecclésiologie de la “Tolerantia”: Recherche sur Saint Augustin
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Lincoln Harvey Joshua McNall, A Free Corrector: Colin Gunton and the Legacy of Augustine
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Joseph Grabau Adam Ployd, Augustine, the Trinity, and the Church: A Reading of the Anti-Donatist Sermons
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Ian Clausen John M. Rist, Augustine Deformed: Love, Sin and Freedom in the Western Moral Tradition
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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd Matthew Scherer, Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion
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P. Travis Kroeker Kirsi Stjerna and Deanna A. Thompson, editors, On the Apocalyptic and Human Agency: Conversations with Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther
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Robert Kennedy Christopher O. Tollefsen, Lying and Christian Ethics
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Peter Busch Ann Ward and Lee Ward, Natural Right and Political Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Catherine Zuckert and Michael Zuckert
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