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Augustine and World Religions

Augustine and World Religions examines Augustine's thought for how it can inform modern inter-religious dialogue. Despite Augustine's reputation as the father of Christian intolerance, one finds in his thought the surprising claim that within non-Christian writings there are 'some truths in regard even to the worship of the One God'. This, it seems, hints at a deeper level of respect and dialogue between religions, because one engages in such dialogue in order to better understand and worship God. The essays here uncover provocative points of comparison and similarity between Christianity and other religions to further such an Augustinian dialogue.

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ISBN-13: 9780739125793
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 06/09/2008
Series: Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation Series
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brian E. Brown is associate professor of religious studies at Iona College. John A. Doody is Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities at Villanova University. Kim Paffenroth is associate professor of religious studies at Iona College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Contents Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 I Augustine's Relation to Judaism and Roman Religions Chapter 4 1 Augustine and the Invention of Magical Dissent Chapter 5 2 Secundem Carnem: HIstory and Israel in the Theology of St. Augustine Chapter 6 3 Jews and Judaism in the Thought of Augustine Chapter 7 4 A ChristianAeneid: Pagan and Christian Education in theConfessions Chapter 8 5 Theo-Semiotics and Augustine's Hermeneutical Jew, or, "What's a Little Supersessionism between Friends?" Part 9 II Augustine and Non-Western Religions Chapter 10 6 Way and Wilderness: An Augustinian Dialogue with Buddhism Chapter 11 7 Augustine, Apuleius, and Hermes Trismegistus:The City of God and Advice on How (Not) to Read Hindu Texts Chapter 12 8 Wisdom, Compassion, and Charity: The Lotus Sutra and Augustine Chapter 13 9 Divine Election asAdhikara andAtma-sva-bhava: Re-reading theReply to Simplicianus in Light of a Hindu Text Chapter 14 10 Transforming the Self: Confession and Performance in the Thought of Augustine and Xunzi Chapter 15 Bibliography

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