Augustine and Literature

Author: Robert Peter Kennedy,Kim Paffenroth,John Doody

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739113844

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

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The influence of Christianity on literature has been great throughout history, as has been the influence of the great Christian Augustine. Augustine and Literature explores Augustine's influence on literature from the Middle Ages to the present day and discusses the implications of expressing Augustine's religious themes both in literature and in more directly theological works.

Augustine and Psychology

Author: Sandra Dixon,John Doody,Kim Paffenroth, Villanova University

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739179195

Category: Political Science

Page: 254

View: 4436


The essays here show the interface and relevance of psychology to theology (and vice versa), and they do so in a way that will be useful to upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses in religious studies. The collection is also useful for presenting classic essays as well as new essays appearing here for the first time.

Augustine and Postmodernism

Confessions and Circumfession

Author: John D. Caputo,Michael J. Scanlon

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253111081

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

View: 1807


At the heart of the current surge of interest in religion among contemporary Continental philosophers stands Augustine's Confessions. With Derrida's Circumfession constantly in the background, this volume takes up the provocative readings of Augustine by Heidegger, Lyotard, Arendt, and Ricoeur. Derrida himself presides over and comments on essays by major Continental philosophers and internationally recognized Augustine scholars. While studies on and about Augustine as a philosopher abound, none approach his work from such a uniquely postmodern point of view, showing both the continuing relevance of Augustine and the religious resonances within postmodernism. Posed at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and religious studies, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of Augustine as well as those interested in the invigorating discussion between philosophy, religion, and postmodernism. Contributors include Geoffrey Bennington, Philippe Capelle, John D. Caputo, Elizabeth A. Clark, Hent de Vries, Jacques Derrida, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Richard Kearney, Catherine Malabou, James O'Donnell, Michael J. Scanlon, and Mark Vessey. Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion -- Merold Westphal, general editor

Eternity's Ennui

Temporality, Perseverance and Voice in Augustine and Western Literature

Author: M.B. Pranger

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900418936X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 420

View: 1851


This book examines the nature of Augustinian time as the unfathomable yet permanent focus of the present. What are the implications for Augustine’s confessional discourse? How to reconcile the brevity of time’s focus with eternity’s longueur and the rhetoric of digression?

Exploring Catholic Literature

A Companion and Resource Guide

Author: Mary R. Reichardt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742531740

Category: Religion

Page: 213

View: 2476


Designed for students of all ages, this resource guide provides an engaging and succinct introduction to twelve recognized masterpieces of Catholic literature, from Augustine's 4th century conversion narrative to the recent poetry of Denise Levertov.

A Companion to Augustine

Author: Mark Vessey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119025559

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 7247


A Companion to Augustine presents a fresh collection of scholarship by leading academics with a new approach to contextualizing Augustine and his works within the multi-disciplinary field of Late Antiquity, showing Augustine as both a product of the cultural forces of his times and a cultural force in his own right. Discusses the life and works of Augustine within their full historical context, rather than privileging the theological context Presents Augustine?s life, works and leading ideas in the cultural context of the late Roman world, providing a vibrant and engaging sense of Augustine in action in his own time and place Opens up a new phase of study on Augustine, sensitive to the many and varied perspectives of scholarship on late Roman culture State-of-the-art essays by leading academics in this field

Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter

Author: Margaret R. Miles

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621894533

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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In Augustine and the Fundamentalist's Daughter, Margaret Miles weaves her memoirs together with reflections on Augustine's Confessions. Having read and reread Augustine's Confessions, in admiration as well as frustration, over the past thirty-five years, Miles brings her memories of childhood and youth in a fundamentalist home into conversation with Augustine's effort to understand his life. The result is a fascinating work of autobiographical and theological reflection. Moreover, this project brings together a rare combination of insights on fundamentalists' convictions and habits of mind, as well as on differences among fundamentalists. Such reflections are especially urgent in this time in which fundamentalism is prominent in political and social discourse.

Theology and Literature after Postmodernity

Author: Zoë Lehmann Imfeld,Peter Hampson,Alison Milbank

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567304140

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 4720


This volume deploys theology in a reconstructive approach to contemporary literary criticism, to validate and exemplify theological readings of literary texts as a creative exercise. It engages in a dialogue with interdisciplinary approaches to literature in which theology is alert and responsive to the challenges following postmodernism and postmodern literary criticism. It demonstrates the scope and explanatory power of theological readings across various texts and literary genres. Theology and Literature after Postmodernity explores a reconstructive approach to reading and literary study in the university setting, with contributions from interdisciplinary scholars worldwide.

Inner Grace

Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul

Author: Phillip Cary

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199887470

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 8004


This book is, along with Outward Signs (OUP 2008), a sequel to Phillip Cary's Augustine and the Invention of the Inner Self (OUP 2000). In this work, Cary traces the development of Augustine's epochal doctrine of grace, arguing that it does not represent a rejection of Platonism in favor of a more purely Christian point of view a turning from Plato to Paul, as it is often portrayed. Instead, Augustine reads Paul and other Biblical texts in light of his Christian Platonist inwardness, producing a new concept of grace as an essentially inward gift. For Augustine, grace is needed first of all to heal the mind so it may see God, but then also to help the will turn away from lower goods to love God as its eternal Good. Eventually, over the course of Augustine's career, the scope of the soul's need for grace expands outward to include not only the inner vision of the intellect and the power of love but even the initial gift of faith. At every stage, Augustine insists that divine grace does not compromise or coerce the human will but frees, heals, and helps it, precisely because grace is not an external force but an inner gift of delight leading to true happiness. As his polemic against the Pelagians develops, however, he does attribute more to grace and less to the power of free will. In the end, it is God's choice which makes the ultimate difference between the saved and the damned, and we cannot know why he chooses to save one person and not another. From this Augustinian doctrine of divine choice or election stem the characteristic pastoral problems of predestination, especially in Protestantism. A more external, indeed Jewish, doctrine of election would be more Biblical, Cary suggests, and would result in a less anxious experience of grace. Along with its companion work, Outward Signs, this careful and insightful book breaks new ground in the study of Augustine's theology of grace and sacraments.

The Translatability of Cultures

Figurations of the Space Between

Author: Sanford Budick

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804725613

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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These essays—which consider a wide variety of cultures from ancient Egypt to contemporary Japan— describe the conditions under which cultures that do not dominate each other may yet achieve a limited translatability of cultures.

Augustine's Confessions

Author: Mark DeVries,Kirk Freeman

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 0805491996

Category: Religion

Page: 102

View: 8335


A volume comparable in style to Cliff's Notes, here highlighting the key points from Augustine's Confessions.

Augustine Through the Ages

An Encyclopedia

Author: Allan Fitzgerald,John C. Cavadini

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802838438

Category: Religion

Page: 902

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This one-volume reference work provides the first encyclopedic treatment of the life, thought, and influence of Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430), one of the greatest figures in the history of the Christian church. The product of more than 140 leading scholars throughout the world, this comprehensive encyclopedia contains over 400 articles that cover every aspect of Augustines life and writings and trace his profound influence on the church and the development of Western thought through the past two millennia. Major articles examine in detail all of Augustines nearly 120 extant writings, from his brief tractates to his prodigious theological works. For many readers, this volume is the only source for commentary on the numerous works by Augustine not available in English. Other articles discuss: Augustines influence on other theologians, from contemporaries like Jerome and Ambrose to prominent figures throughout church history, such as Gregory the Great, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Harnack; Augustines life, the chaotic political events of his world, and the churchs struggles with such heresies as Arianism, Donatism, Manicheism, and Pelagianism; Augustines thoughts about philosophical problems (time, the ascent of the soul, the nature of truth), theological questions (guilt, original sin, free will, the Trinity), and cultural issues (church-state relations, Roman society).

Augustine and his Critics

Author: Robert Dodaro,George Lawless

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134636687

Category: History

Page: 288

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Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430) is arguably the most controversial Christian thinker in history. His positions on philosophical and theological concerns have been the subjects of intense scrutiny and criticism from his lifetime to the present. Augustine and his Critics gathers twelve specialists' responses to modern criticisms of his thought, covering: personal and religious freedom; the self and God; sexuality, gender and the body; spirituality; asceticism; cultural studies; and politics. Stimulating and insightful, the collection offers forceful arguments for neglected historical, philosophical and theological perspectives which are behind some of Augustine's most unpopular convictions.

Augustine and Manichaeism in the Latin West

Proceedings of the Fribourg-Utrecht International Symposium of the International Association of Manichaean Studies (IAMS)

Author: International Association of Manichaean Studies. International Symposium

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004114234

Category: Religion

Page: 337

View: 9160


This volume brings together the selected papers of the Fribourg-Utrecht symposium "Augustine and Manichaeism in the Latin West," organized on behalf of the "International Association of Manichaean Studies." It contains a considerable number of contributions by leading authorities on the subject, focussing on both the diffusion of Mani s religion in the Latin West and its substantial impact upon St. Augustine.

After Augustine

The Meditative Reader and the Text

Author: Brian Stock

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812203046

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Augustine of Hippo was the most prolific and influential writer on reading between antiquity and the Renaissance, though he left no systematic treatise on the subject. His reluctance to synthesize his views on other important themes such as the sacraments suggests that he would have been skeptical of any attempt to bring his statements on reading into a formal theory. Yet Augustine has remained the point of reference to which all later writers invariably return in their search for the roots of problems concerning reading and interpretation in the West. Using Augustine as the touchstone, Brian Stock considers the evolution of the meditative reader within Western reading practices from classical times to the Renaissance. He looks to the problem of self-knowledge in the reading culture of late antiquity; engages the related question of ethical values and literary experience in the same period; and reconsiders Erich Auerbach's interpretation of ancient literary realism. In subsequent chapters, Stock moves forward to the Middle Ages to explore the attitude of medieval Latin authors toward the genre of autobiography as a model for self-representation and takes up the problem of reading, writing, and the self in Petrarch. He compares the role of the reader in Augustine's City of God and Thomas More's Utopia, and, in a final important move, reframes the problem of European cultural identity by shifting attention from the continuity and change in spoken language to significant shifts in the practice of spiritual, silent reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. A richly rewarding reflection on the history and nature of reading, After Augustine promises to be a centerpiece of discussions about the discovery of the self through literature.

Rereading the Renaissance

Petrarch, Augustine, and the Language of Humanism

Author: Carol E. Quillen

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472107353

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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Rereading the Renaissance - a study of Petrarch's uses of Augustine - uses methods drawn from history and literary criticism to establish a framework for exploring Petrarch's humanism. Carol Everhart Quillen argues that the essential role of Augustine's words and authority in the expression of Petrarch's humanism is best grasped through a study of the complex textual practices exemplified in the writings of both men. She also maintains that Petrarch's appropriation of Augustine's words is only intelligible in light of his struggle to legitimate his cultural ideals in the face of compelling opposition. Finally, Quillen shows how Petrarch's uses of Augustine can simultaneously uphold his humanist ideals and challenge the legitimacy of the assumptions on which those ideals were founded.

Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence

Author: Timo Nisula

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004231684

Category: Religion

Page: 419

View: 2137


In Augustine and the Functions of Concupiscence, Timo Nisula offers a comprehensive analysis of Augustine’s developing views of sinful desire. The book demonstrates how and why concupiscence became such a pregnant concept in Augustine’s theology and philosophy.