The Mysticism of Saint Augustine
RE-Reading the Confessions
By (author) John Peter Kenney
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Mysticism of Saint Augustine by John Peter Kenney
Book DescriptionAugustine'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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415288330
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Peter Kenney
Contemplation and Classical Christianity, Paperback (December 2015)
This study explores Augustine's developing understanding of contemplation, beginning with his earliest accounts written before his baptism and ending with the Confessions. The arc of Augustine's thought through these years of transition leads into the Confessions, giving a vantage point to survey its classical Christian theology of contemplation.
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Kenney presents a fresh approach to reading the Confessions - Augustine's most famous book. Emphasising its Christianity rather than focusing on the pagan Neo-Platonism, this book is of significance to students, researchers and teachers alike.
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Author Biography - John Peter Kenney
John Peter Kenney is Dean and Professor of Religious Studies at St Michael's College in Vermont.
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