The Mysticism Of Saint Augustine

The Mysticism Of Saint Augustine

by John Peter Kenney
     
 

Augustine's vision at Ostia is one of the most influential accounts of mystical experience in the Western tradition, and a subject of persistent interest to Christians, philosophers and historians.
This book explores Augustine's account of his experience as set down in the Confessions and considers his mysticism in relation to his classical Platonist

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Augustine's vision at Ostia is one of the most influential accounts of mystical experience in the Western tradition, and a subject of persistent interest to Christians, philosophers and historians.
This book explores Augustine's account of his experience as set down in the Confessions and considers his mysticism in relation to his classical Platonist philosophy. John Peter Kenney argues that while the Christian contemplative mysticism created by Augustine is in many ways founded on Platonic thought, Platonism ultimately fails Augustine in that it cannot retain the truths that it anticipates. The Confessions offer a response to this impasse by generating two critical ideas in medieval and modern religious thought: firstly, the conception of contemplation as a purely epistemic event, in contrast to classical Platonism; secondly, the tenet that salvation is absolutely distinct from enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415288323
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1The root of the soul17
2A long life stretched out27
3A kind of rest36
4Books of the platonists49
5A trembling glance61
6The presence of truth73
7A home of bliss89
8Total concentration of the heart110
9Snatched up to paradise129

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