By Carl G Vaught

ISBN-10: 0791464091

ISBN-13: 9780791464090

ISBN-10: 1423744047

ISBN-13: 9781423744047

This can be 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 deals a brand new interpretation of the thinker as much less Neoplatonic and extra distinctively Christian than such a lot interpreters have inspiration. during this ebook, he specializes in the main philosophical element 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 publication should be learn both in series with or independently of the others.

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Through my soul (anima) will I ascend to him. I will pass beyond that power of mine by which I adhere to the body and fill the body’s frame with life. Not by that power do I find my God. For “the horse and the mule in which there is no understanding” would likewise find him, since in them there is that same power, and by it their bodies also live. 11) When Augustine asks what he loves when he loves God, and when he wonders about the identity of the one who is above his soul (anima), the one who loves and wonders is Augustine, the man, understood as a composite of a soul and a body.

5). In this case, what he confesses is not intended to stir up the heart toward God, or to delight the ones who have been converted, but to express the struggle of a convert as he joins other Christians in moving from conversion to fulfillment at both the experiential and reflective levels. The eternal dimension of Augustine’s journey toward God emerges in the soul’s attempt to move toward the knowledge of God through memory understood as a pathway. 25). When God speaks to overcome our forgetfulness, he appears as the divine teacher;3 and when we listen, our temporal and reflective presents not only coincide in time, but are also brought together in relation to eternity.

Though Augustine divides the text into two parts, this fact does not lead him to emphasize one part in contrast with the other. He not only plunges into the depths of his experience in Books I–IX, but also deals with the philosophical problems that have a bearing on his journey toward God in Books X–XIII. One of the ways in which he brings these two dimensions of his enterprise together is to suggest that the transition between them is an example of faith seeking understanding. 33 Augustine deals with the discontinuity between Books IX and X, not only by moving from faith to understanding, but also by giving a confessional account of his present spiritual condition in the second part of Book X.

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