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Augustine"s Invention of the Inner Self

The Legacy of a Christian Platonist

by Phillip Cary

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Published by Oxford University Press, USA .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages232
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7390432M
ISBN 10019515861X
ISBN 109780195158618

But now-a-days I feel much more pity for him that delights in his wickednessthan for him who is counted as enduring hardships by failing to obtain some pernicious pleasure, and the loss of some miserable felicity. Augustine have added a touch of exaggeration to his descriptions for the sake of appeal? You could think of it as the literary equivalent of the revolution in art brought about by the discovery of perspective: God functions not as an actually existing creator and judge, but as an imaginary horizon. What marvel was it that an unhappy sheep, straying from Your flock, and impatient of Your care, I became infected with a foul disease? And yet he wishes, as a spectator, to experience from them a sense of grief, and in this very grief his pleasure consists. He says that those with faith in God become the subject of divine illumination.

Surely all men desire to rejoice? On the teacher is the only dialogue mentioned by name in his Confessions, and the only one for which Augustine saw so need to correct in any way in his Retractions Rertractiones in Latin. But even more specifically, it is probably intended for the smallest circle, the most intimate meeting of St. He says that those with faith in God become the subject of divine illumination.

His obsession with the contrast between divine order and human unruliness had the effect, according to his detractors, of smothering the original vitality of Christian teaching in a narrow-minded version of Platonism. He became adept in rhetoric and classical philosophy, at least those parts that were available in Latin, and by his late twenties he was an acclaimed teacher in Milan. Augustine was in poor health and felt his life was going nowhere. Why does man like to be made sad when viewing doleful and tragical scenes, which yet he himself would by no means suffer? This woman seduced me, because she found my soul beyond its portals, dwelling in the eye of my flesh, and thinking on such food as through it I had devoured.


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Augustines Invention of the Inner Self book

In describing Augustine's invention of the inner self, Cary's fascinating book sheds new light on Augustine's life and thought, and shows how Augustine's position developed into the more orthodox Augustine we know from his later writings.

Such was my life! The closer a saint approaches God, the more dirty he or she finds him- or herself in the ever-increasing brightness of the light of Tabor. In describing Augustine's invention of the inner self, Cary's fascinating book sheds new light on Augustine's life and thought, and shows how Augustine's position developed into the more orthodox Augustine we know from his later writings.

He then proposes an answer to his own question. For I was both beloved, and secretly arrived at the bond of enjoying; and was joyfully bound with troublesome ties, that I might be scourged with the burning iron rods of jealousy, suspicion, fearangerand strife.

But beware of uncleanness, O my soulunder the protection of my Godthe God of our fathers, who is to be praised and exalted above all for ever, beware of uncleanness. Only one piece of narrative interrupts the dense description of Augustine's intellectual processes: the story of the slave child and the rich child born at the same moment, which finally convinces Augustine that astrology is phony.

Where does it flow? Such is the blindness of menthat they even glory in their blindness. Miles Miles suggests that St. In his Milan garden, Augustine came to a decision that would forever end this struggle. Chapter 1. Cary situates Augustine's idea of the self historically in both the Platonist and the Christian traditions.

Paffenroth, Kim and Robert P. The only one who can impart true — that is, eternal — knowledge is Christ. By doing so, Augustine juxtaposes eternity with the transient, the all-powerful with the weak, and the Creator with the created.

I searched about for something to lovein love with loving, and hating security, and a way not beset with snares. You do not have to be a believer to be impressed by the Confessions.

And these were the dishes in which to me, hungering for You, they, instead of You, served up the sun and moon, Your beauteous works — but yet Your works, not Yourself, nay, nor Your first works.

Augustine's Invention of the Inner Self

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This book examines Augustine's intellectual conversion from Platonism to Christianity, as described at Confessions – It is widely assumed that this occurred in the summer ofshortly before Augustine's volitional conversion in the garden at sylvaindez.com by: 8.

At the center of me lies not me but God Philip Carey in Augustine's Invention of the Inner Self portrays the vastness of this inner self where we find God within and above: ‘The inner space Augustine describes is not a little closet wholly shut from light, but broad halls and fields and vast courtyards.

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He knows the matter of which I speak because of his own contemplation, and not by means of the words of the teacher. Hence I do not teach even such a person, although I speak what is true and he hears it. For he is taught not by words, but by the realities themselves made manifest to him directly by God revealing them to his inner self.".