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To Know God and the Soul: Essays on the Thought of Saint Augustine (Early Christian Studies) [Hardcover]

By Roland J. Teske (Author)
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To know God and the Soul presents a collection of essays on Augustine of Hippo written over the past twenty-five years by renowned philosopher Roland Teske. They reveal Teske's principal interests in Augustine, especially Augustine's discovery of a spiritualist metaphysics in the philosophy of Plotinus that allowed him to break away from Manichean and Stoic corporealism so that he could conceive of God as incorporeal and non-temporal and of the soul as incorporeal. Augustine's assimilation of Plotinian thought as a means of understanding Catholic Christianity provided key answers to some of the problems that he had had with the Christian faith, but it also led to other problems because some aspects of Platonism were incompatible with the Christian faith, as can be seen in Augustine's early account of the love of neighbor and in his understanding of the motive of creation. The articles focus on Augustine's philosophical thought and language about God, his argument for the existence of God, properties of God such as his substantiality and immutability, the creation of the world in time along with the question raised by the Manichees about what God was doing before he created the world. They tie the definition of time in the Confessions to the concept of a world-soul, which Augustine held at least in the years up to the Confessions. They offer an explanation of the unity of the Confessions, especially through an appeal to Augustine's interpretation of the heaven of heaven, and point to the salvific role of Christ who, according to Augustine, came to free us from time and make us eternal. In addition to a short general introduction, each of the articles is accompanied by a brief reflectionin which the author has followed the bishop of Hippo's lead by providing a retractatio, in which he reexamines the articles from his present-day perspective.

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Studio: Catholic University of America Press
Pages   289
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Catholic University of America Press
ISBN  0813214874  
ISBN13  9780813214870  

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Roland J. Teske was born in 1934.

Roland J. Teske has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)

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To Know God and the Soul  Apr 28, 2010
This book is admirably lucid and erudite, to an extent that is rather chastening, even to a reader who might look rather scholarly, suitably described on paper. It has been useful in my present studies, not only as a source of richly interesting knowledge and insight but, also as a caution to any over-easy confidence that it's pretty easy to understand what Augustine was trying to achieve, and what - perhaps in contrast - he did achieve - in the redound of his writings into theological history.

I wish Teske's works were available more cheaply, though - rather than at prices libraries are more likely to afford that scholar gypsy's like myself

Dr Roger Gibson

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