Access To God In Augustine's Confessions: Books X-XIII by Carl G Vaught

By Carl G Vaught

This can be the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and essentially 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 suggestion. during this publication, he specializes in the main philosophical component of the Confessions and on the way it pertains to the former, extra autobiographical sections. A better half to the former volumes, which handled Books I-IX, this ebook might be learn both in series with or independently of the others.

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In all INTRODUCTION 25 three cases, speaking and hearing lead us to the Place of places where vertical transactions occur between God and the soul. This suggests once more that even in the most theoretical part of his book, Augustine does not abandon the existential dimension of his enterprise, but continues to speak from his heart by placing the language of God and the soul at the center of his thinking. This page intentionally left blank. D. to the time at which he writes the Confessions some ten to thirteen years later.

If we turn away from curiosity to enter the same vertical space that Augustine occupies, there is at least one way in which we can listen to the confession of his present sins that transcends curiosity. Knowing that it is part of the Christian life for Augustine to confess his sins to other members of the Christian community, and recognizing that he cannot prove that what he says is true, we can approach him with charity and listen to what he says in love. Augustine suggests that we will have a reason for believing him only if we love him, where the community into which he is attempting to lead us is a community of love.

Rather, he is seeking knowledge of himself that only God has and that he can have only by knowing God. 1). 16), where “doing the truth” (facio) does not mean “making the truth,” as the Latin verb permits,13 but “acting in accord with the Truth,” as the context demands. 1). Augustine’s confessions in Books I–IX are a public account for a public audience about matters in the public sphere. 2). In addition, when THE NATURE OF MEMORY (BOOK X) 31 God is hidden from us, we lose our positive orientation toward him; and our failure to know God becomes a volitional orientation in the opposite direction.

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