By Carl G Vaught
This is often the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and some of the most influential works within the Christian culture. Vaught bargains a brand new interpretation of the thinker as much less Neoplatonic and extra distinctively Christian than such a lot interpreters have idea. during this ebook, he specializes in the main philosophical component of the Confessions and on the way it pertains to the former, extra autobiographical sections. A spouse to the former volumes, which handled Books I-IX, this ebook should be learn both in series with or independently of the others.
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This is often the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and the most influential works within the Christian culture. Vaught bargains a brand new interpretation of the thinker as much less Neoplatonic and extra distinctively Christian than so much interpreters have proposal.
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24). The identiﬁcation of God with Truth in both these contexts should lead us to expect that this concept of God will govern the present discussion, making us wonder why Augustine asks what he loves when he loves God. The answer begins to emerge when we notice that even though Augustine has identiﬁed God with Truth, he has not been able to place God in a systematic relation with everything else. It is one thing to claim that God is identical with Truth and quite another to say how Truth is related to all the elements of the cosmos that stand in contrast with it.
7). The transition from the past to the present has a spatial dimension that expresses itself in a new kind of community that Augustine addresses in Book X. 37). 1 Augustine knows that despite the exemplary behavior of 27 28 ACCESS TO GOD IN AUGUSTINE’S CONFESSIONS Monica, she might have committed hidden sins that he does not know about or is in no position to know. 37). 1). Augustine knows how important confession of this kind can be, since he also knows that if the demands of Christ that regulate the inner life can be met, appropriate external behavior will follow.
Augustine deals with this problem by ﬁnding a middle ground between the divine and human realms and by speaking from it. In the process, he challenges his readers to ﬁnd a place of their own between pious fascination and intellectual antagonism. Augustine encourages his readers to move back and forth between the immediacy of his experience and his attempts to describe it as a series of intelligible stages; and when he discusses the problems of memory, time, and creation, he invites us to engage in the philosophical and theological reﬂection they generate.
Access To God In Augustine's Confessions: Books X-XIII (Bk.X-XIII) by Carl G Vaught