The Mysticism of Saint Augustine

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 160
ISBN: 0415288339
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Release: 2005
Editor: Psychology Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book explores Augustine's account of his experience as set down in the Confessions, and explores his mysticism in relation to ancient Platonism. John Peter Kenney argues that while the Christian mysticism created by Augustine is in many ways founded on Platonic thought, Platonism ultimately fails Augustine in his efforts to arrive at an enduring contemplation of the divine. The Confessions offer a response to this impasse by generating two critical ideas in medieval and modern religious thought: firstly, the conception that contemplation provides only knowledge of God, in contrast to Neo-Platonism; secondly, the distinction between salvation and enlightenment.

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine

The Mysticism of Saint Augustine
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781134442713
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Release: 2005-09-19
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Augustine'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.

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine
Author: Agostino Trapè
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0899421725
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Release: 1986
Editor: Catholic Book Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Authored by world-renowned scholar Rev. Agostino Trape, O.S.A., Saint Augustine from Catholic Book Publishing is a comprehensive biography of one of the Church\'s greatest and most quoted Saints. From the Saint\'s youthful wanderings away from the Church to his mother\'s prayers for his conversion and his eventual embrace of Catholicism, Saint Augustine provides a wealth of information. With an illustrated, flexible cover for easy use, this book paints an informative portrait of this extraordinary African Saint who defended and extended the reach of the fourth- and fifth-century Church.

The Path to Transcendence

The Path to Transcendence
Author: Paul Henry
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9780915138494
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Release: 1981-01-01
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

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Western Mysticism

Western Mysticism
Author: Butler
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781136178894
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Release: 2012-10-12
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A renewed interest in the spiritual, with an increasing number of people today wishing to incorporate the contemplative in their active lives, prompts the reissue of this classic work, a doctrine that is at once elevated and practical. The writings are meant to be studied from three distinct points of view: religious philosophy, material for the study of those states between mind and body such as ecstasy and trance, and for the sake of their mysticism. Drawn from the writings and teachings of Saint Augustine, Saint Gregory and Saint Bernard, the writings form a coordinated body of doctrine with what three great teachers of mystical theology in the Western Church have written concerning their own religious experience and the theories they based on it. In addition, the book discusses such important topics as speculative contemplation, what mysticism is, the characteristics of Western mysticism, the practical, and the contrasts between the contemplative and active lives. No student of mysticism can possibly afford to neglect a volume so full of valuable suggestions and real insight into spiritual conditions.

Western Mysticism

Western Mysticism
Author: Edward Cuthbert Butler,Dom Cuthbert Butler,Cuthbert Butler
Pages: 242
ISBN: 9780710306623
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Release: 1999-11-01
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The writings are meant to be studied from three distinct points of view: religious philosophy, material for the study of those states between mind and body such as ecstasy and trance, and for the sake of their mysticism. Drawn from the writings and teachings of Saint Augustine, Saint Gregory and Saint Bernard, the writings form a coordinated body of doctrine with what three great teachers of mystical theology in the Western Church have written concerning their own religious experience and the theories they based on it.

The Confessions of Saint Augustine

The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Author: Augustine
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780679641940
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Release: 2000-11-01
Editor: Modern Library
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'The reader who has never met Augustine before ought to go first of all to the Confessions,' reflected the Trappist monk and scholar Thomas Merton. 'Augustine lived the theology that he wrote. . . . He experienced the reality of Christ living in his own soul.' Saint Augustine, the celebrated theologian who served as Bishop of Hippo from A.D. 396 until his death in A.D. 430, is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the Western world. Written in the form of a long prayer addressed directly to God, Augustine's Confessions, the remarkable chronicle of his conversion to Christianity, endures as the greatest spiritual autobiography of all time. 'Augustine possessed a strong, capacious, argumentative mind,' wrote Edward Gibbon. 'He boldly sounded the dark abyss of grace, predestination, free-will, and original sin.' And the eminent historian Jaroslav Pelikan remarked: 'There has, quite literally, been no century of the sixteen centuries since the conversion of Augustine in which he has not been a major intellectual, spiritual, and cultural force.'

On God The Soul Evil and the Rise of Christianity

On God  The Soul  Evil and the Rise of Christianity
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781501314018
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Release: 2018-12-27
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Reading Augustine is a new line of books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. The aim of the series is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as a pre-eminent Christian thinker but as a philosophical, spiritual, literary and intellectual icon of the West. Why did the ancients come to adopt monotheism and Christianity? On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity introduces possible answers to that question by looking closely at the development of the thought of Augustine of Hippo, whose complex spiritual trajectory included Gnosticism, academic skepticism, pagan Platonism, and orthodox Christianity. What was so compelling about Christianity and how did Augustine become convinced that his soul could enter into communion with a transcendent God? The apparently sudden shift of ancient culture to monotheism and Christianity was momentous, defining the subsequent nature of Western religion and thought. John Peter Kenney shows us that Augustine offers an unusually clear vantage point to understand the essential ideas that drove that transition.

Saint Augustine s Mysticism

Saint Augustine s Mysticism
Author: Joseph A. De Francisco
Pages: 884
ISBN: OCLC:493136541
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Release: 1987
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Contemplation and Classical Christianity

Contemplation and Classical Christianity
Author: John Peter Kenney
Pages: 191
ISBN: 9780199563708
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Release: 2013-11
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

A Monument to Saint Augustine

A Monument to Saint Augustine
Author: Martin Cyril D'Arcy,Maurice Blondel,Christopher Dawson,Étienne Gilson,Jacques Maritain
Pages: 394
ISBN: 9781725237933
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Release: 2017-04-01
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With a new afterword by Jacob Holsinger Sherman! "A Monument to Saint Augustine, now happily reprinted by Wipf and Stock, gathers many diverse strands of the early twentieth century Catholic thought within its pages: the creative transformation of neo-scholasticism through a kind of ressourcement, the Catholic literary intellectual renaissance in Europe and Britain, the focus upon the renewal of Christian humanism in the face of modernity's proliferating dangers, and the Augustinian turn as a resource for the theology of crisis. Were it to do nothing else, this volume would be of extraordinary historical importance insofar as it makes clear how central the legacy of St. Augustine was to the interwar renaissance in Catholic thought and culture, not only to Burns, Dawson, and the British Catholics but also to the great figures of the Continent: Blondel, Gilson, Maritain, and Przywara. But the volume does much more. The contributions themselves are of real, substantive, and lasting value. The essays contained in this volume are not in theology per se--though theology, especially the doctrine of creation and theological anthropology, lies ever just beneath the surface. Rather, they treat Augustine from the perspective of philosophy, history, religious studies, and the humanities more generally." -- From the New Afterword by Jacob Sherman

The Spiritual Senses

The Spiritual Senses
Author: Paul L. Gavrilyuk,Sarah Coakley
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781139502412
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Release: 2011-11-10
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Is it possible to see, hear, touch, smell and taste God? How do we understand the biblical promise that the 'pure in heart' will 'see God'? Christian thinkers as diverse as Origen of Alexandria, Bonaventure, Jonathan Edwards and Hans Urs von Balthasar have all approached these questions in distinctive ways by appealing to the concept of the 'spiritual senses'. In focusing on the Christian tradition of the 'spiritual senses', this book discusses how these senses relate to the physical senses and the body, and analyzes their relationship to mind, heart, emotions, will, desire and judgement. The contributors illuminate the different ways in which classic Christian authors have treated this topic, and indicate the epistemological and spiritual import of these understandings. The concept of the 'spiritual senses' is thereby importantly recovered for contemporary theological anthropology and philosophy of religion.

Mysticism

Mysticism
Author: Jacob A. Belzen,Antoon Geels
Pages: 340
ISBN: 9042011254
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Release: 2003
Editor: Rodopi
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Although very different, and coming from a range of academic backgrounds, the contributors are nevertheless united in their attempts to understand more about mysticism, from a perspective that puts the human being in the center.

Augustine Mystic and Mystagogue

Augustine Mystic and Mystagogue
Author: Frederick Van Fleteren,Joseph C. Schnaubelt,Joseph Reino
Pages: 648
ISBN: UOM:39076002407026
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Release: 1994
Editor: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This volume, entitled "Augustine: Mystic and Mystagogue," studies the origins of Augustine's mystical writings, analyzing texts in which Augustine describes his own anagogic experiences and mysticism in general, and demonstrating the influence of Augustine's mystical analyses on later writers. The book is divided into four parts. In the Introduction, the editors posit critical questions concerning the nature of mysticism and present a monograph from the mid-1930's in English translation, wherein the author critiques many ascensional passages in Augustine. In the section on Augustine as Mystic, eight authors assess Augustine's descriptions of his own ascents-of-mind, and his generalizations upon them. In the section on the influence of Augustine's mysticism, ten authors examine the sway exercised by Augustine over medieval mystical writings. Finally, in the Conclusion, the editors of this volume express their own judgments concerning Augustine as both mystic and mystagogue and present the assessments of two other authors.

Writings of Augustine Annotated

Writings of Augustine  Annotated
Author: Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Pages: 102
ISBN: 9780835816700
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Release: 2017-04-01
Editor: Upper Room Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With: Historical commentary Biographical info Appendix with further readings For nearly 2,000 years, Christian mystics, martyrs, and sages have documented their search for the divine. Their writings have bestowed boundless wisdom upon subsequent generations. But they have also burdened many spiritual seekers. The sheer volume of available material creates a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Enter the Upper Room Spiritual Classics series, a collection of authoritative texts on Christian spirituality curated for the everyday reader. Designed to introduce 15 spiritual giants and the range of their works, these volumes are a first-rate resource for beginner and expert alike. Writings of Augustine compiles some of the most profound and moving writings of the 4th-century African Christian who had a vast influence on the Christian church and Western culture. Included are excerpts from Augustine's Confessions and other writings.

Mystics

Mystics
Author: William Harmless
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9780195300383
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Release: 2008
Editor: Oxford University Press on Demand
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Mystics, William Harmless, S.J., introduces readers to the scholarly study of mysticism. He expolores both mystics' extraordinary lives and their no-less-extraordinary writings using a unique case-study method centered on detailed examinations of six major Christian mystics: Thomas Merton, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard of Bingen, Bonaventure, Meister Eckhart, and Evagrius Ponticus. Rather than presenting mysticism as a subtle web of psychological or theological abstractions, Harless's case-study approach brings things down to earth, restoring mystics to their historical context.

Augustine and Philosophy

Augustine and Philosophy
Author: Phillip Cary,John Doody,Kim Paffenroth
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9780739145401
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Release: 2012-07-10
Editor: Lexington Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Augustine of Hippo was a philosopher as well as theologian, bishop and saint. He aimed to practice philosophy not simply as an academic discipline but as a love for divine wisdom pervading everything in his life and work. To inquire into Augustine and philosophy is thus to get to the heart of his concerns as a Christian writer and uncover some of the reasons for his vast influence on Western thought. This volume, containing essays by leading Augustine scholars, includes a variety of inquiries into Augustine's philosophy in theory and practice, as well as his relation to philosophers before and after him. It opens up a variety of perspectives into the heart of Augustine's thought. He frequently reminds his readers, 'philosophy' means love of wisdom, and in that sense he expects that every worthy impulse in human life will have something philosophical about it, something directed toward the attainment of wisdom. In Augustine's own writing we find this expectation put into practice in a stunning variety of ways, as keys themes of Western philosophy and intricate forms of philosophical argument turn up everywhere. The collection of essays in this book examines just a few aspects of the relation of Augustine and philosophy, both in Augustine's own practice as a philosopher and in his interaction with others. The result is not one picture of the relation of Augustine and philosophy but many, as the authors of these essays ask many different questions about Augustine and his influence, and bring a large diversity of interests and expertise to their task. Thus the collection shows that Augustine's philosophy remains an influence and a provocation in a wide variety of settings today.

The City of God Books I VII

The City of God  Books I   VII
Author: Saint Augustine
Pages: 400
ISBN: 0813215544
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Release: 2008-09
Editor: CUA Press
Language: en

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Writings of Saint Augustine The immortality of the soul The magnitude of the soul On music The advantage of believing On faith in things unseen

Writings of Saint Augustine  The immortality of the soul  The magnitude of the soul  On music  The advantage of believing  On faith in things unseen
Author: Saint Augustine (of Hippo)
Pages: 489
ISBN: UCBK:C072592331
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Release: 1947
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Essay on the Bases of the Mystic Knowledge

Essay on the Bases of the Mystic Knowledge
Author: E. Récéjac
Pages: 287
ISBN: WISC:89094554839
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Release: 1899
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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