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Encounters with God in Augustine's Confessions: Books VII-IX (Bk.VII-IX)

Encounters with God in Augustine's Confessions: Books VII-IX (Bk.VII-IX)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780791461075
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Release Date: Jul 15, 2004
  • Pages: 187 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.66 x 9.38 x 6.42 inches


This book continues Carl G. Vaught s thoroughgoing reinterpretation of Augustine s Confessions one that rejects the view that Augustine is simply a Neoplatonist and argues that he is also a definitively Christian thinker. As a companion volume to the earlier Journey toward God in Augustine s Confessions: Books I VI, it can be read in sequence with or independently of it. This work covers the middle portion of the Confessions, Books VII IX. Opening in Augustine s youthful maturity, Books VII IX focus on the three pivotal experiences that transform his life: the Neoplatonic vision that causes him to abandon materialism; his conversion to Christianity that leads him beyond Neoplatonism to a Christian attitude toward the world and his place in it; and the mystical experience he shares with his mother a few days before her death, which points to the importance of the Christian community. Vaught argues that time, space, and eternity intersect to provide a framework in which these three experiences occur and which give Augustine a three-fold access to God."

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