The Mysticism of Saint Augustine: Re-Reading the Confessions

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine: Re-Reading the Confessions


Augustine's imaginative and prescient at Ostia is without doubt one of the such a lot influential bills of mystical event within the Western culture, and a topic of chronic curiosity to Christians, philosophers and historians.
This booklet explores Augustine's account of his adventure as set down within the Confessions and considers his mysticism relating to his classical Platonist philosophy. John Peter Kenney argues that whereas the Christian contemplative mysticism created through Augustine is in lots of methods based on Platonic suggestion, Platonism finally fails Augustine in that it can't maintain the truths that it anticipates. The Confessions supply a reaction to this deadlock by means of producing serious rules in medieval and glossy non secular notion: first of all, the perception of contemplation as a basically epistemic occasion, unlike classical Platonism; secondly, the guiding principle that salvation is basically distinctive from enlightenment.

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