By Carl G Vaught
This is often the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and some of the most influential works within the Christian culture. Vaught deals a brand new interpretation of the thinker as much less Neoplatonic and extra distinctively Christian than so much interpreters have idea. during this publication, he specializes in the main philosophical portion of the Confessions and on the way it pertains to the former, extra autobiographical sections. A significant other to the former volumes, which handled Books I-IX, this ebook may be learn both in series with or independently of the others.
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10 Faith seeking understanding must neither abandon the trust with which it begins, nor turn away from the knowledge of God to which it is oriented. Thus, Augustine brings faith and understanding (intellectum) together when he asks God to reveal himself, and when his faith assures him that this understanding will one day be achieved. 27). Rather, he is seeking knowledge of himself that only God has and that he can have only by knowing God. 1). 16), where “doing the truth” (facio) does not mean “making the truth,” as the Latin verb permits,13 but “acting in accord with the Truth,” as the context demands.
On the other hand, hearing the voice with which nature speaks presupposes the mercy of God that allows us to hear what it says. 8). Once more, Augustine begins with speaking and hearing as primordial phenomena,22 claiming that nature plays an important but derivative role in giving us access to God. 9). Having begun by claiming that he loves God, Augustine turns abruptly from what he knows to what he does not know by asking, “What is it then that I love when I love . . 11). 9). 24). The identiﬁcation of God with Truth in both these contexts should lead us to expect that this concept of God will govern the present discussion, making us wonder why Augustine asks what he loves when he loves God.
INTRODUCTION 17 God as a preliminary step to seeing his face. In this ﬁnal moment, hearing the call of God gives way to the vision of God, and faith that leads us toward him is transformed into sight that permits us to stand in his presence. This way of proceeding suggests that the auditory dimension of Augustine’s ﬁgurative use of language is preliminary and that he joins his Neoplatonic predecessors in giving pride of place to the eye of the mind. However, several important considerations count against this relatively straightforward picture of Augustine’s conception of the language of God and the soul.
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