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Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal (Paperback)
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Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal (Paperback)

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Augustine and the Cure of Souls situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's thought, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his final acts as bishop, revealing a man deeply indebted to the Roman past and yet distinctly Christian. Rather than supplanting his classical learning, ""Augustine's Christianity"" reinvigorated precisely those elements of Roman wisdom that he believed were slipping into decadence. In particular, Kolbet addresses the manner in which Augustine not only used classical rhetorical theory to express his theological vision, but also infused it with theological content. This book offers a fresh reading of Augustine's writings - particularly his numerous, though often neglected, sermons - and provides an accessible point of entry into the great North African bishop's life and thought.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268033217
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"By placing Augustine in his historical and personal context, the link between his thinking and actual life is made and his sermons are situated in the cultural, philosophical, theological and liturgical context of that period. . . . This study is a new and promising step in the very recent and blooming study of Augustine's sermons." --"Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law"


"In "Augustine and the Cure of Souls", Paul R. Kolbet . . . reminds us how deeply Augustine was shaped by the ancient world's rhetorical tradition and shows how he both drew upon it and upended it in his long career of preaching Christ. . . . Because Kolbet's concern is historical, we should not expect his Augustine to answer all of our questions. But as Kolbet has shown, Augustine has much more to say to us today than we might think. Augustine held that the best way to understand him was to observe his ministry in action, and by patiently doing so, Kolbet has done today's ministers a great service." --"Christian Century"


"In "Augustine and the Cure of Souls," Paul R. Kolbet . . . reminds us how deeply Augustine was shaped by the ancient world's rhetorical tradition and shows how he both drew upon it and upended it in his long career of preaching Christ. . . . Because Kolbet's concern is historical, we should not expect his Augustine to answer all of our questions. But as Kolbet has shown, Augustine has much more to say to us today than we might think. Augustine held that the best way to understand him was to observe his ministry in action, and by patiently doing so, Kolbet has done today's ministers a great service." --"Christian Century"

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"By placing Augustine in his historical and personal context, the link between his thinking and actual life is made and his sermons are situated in the cultural, philosophical, theological and liturgical context of that period. . . . This study is a new and promising step in the very recent and blooming study of Augustine's sermons." --"Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law"

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