By Carl G Vaught
This can be the ultimate quantity in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and 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 suggestion. during this booklet, he makes a speciality of the main philosophical part 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 publication could be learn both in series with or independently of the others.
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39). 19). The interplay between God and the soul that unfolds in time, space, and eternity, and that expresses itself in the “space” between God, on the one hand, and the absolute nihil on the other points to speaking and hearing as primordial phenomena and to the Place of places where the voice of God reverberates. 9). 8). In all INTRODUCTION 25 three cases, speaking and hearing lead us to the Place of places where vertical transactions occur between God and the soul. This suggests once more that even in the most theoretical part of his book, Augustine does not abandon the existential dimension of his enterprise, but continues to speak from his heart by placing the language of God and the soul at the center of his thinking.
1). Now the voice of Truth teaches him that God is not to be identiﬁed with heaven and earth, where this conclusion is equally clear on the basis of the concepts involved. 10). When these two claims are taken together, it is evident that the three substances to which Augustine refers are ordered hierarchically, beginning with God, moving to the soul, and concluding with the body. It is also true that the 42 ACCESS TO GOD IN AUGUSTINE’S CONFESSIONS soul (anima), insofar as it quickens the body, is to be distinguished from the soul (animus), insofar as it thinks and judges.
Knowing that it is part of the Christian life for Augustine to confess his sins to other members of the Christian community, and recognizing that he cannot prove that what he says is true, we can approach him with charity and listen to what he says in love. Augustine suggests that we will have a reason for believing him only if we love him, where the community into which he is attempting to lead us is a community of love. 3). Thus, the trust with which faith seeking understanding begins becomes a principle of communication in terms of which we can believe what Augustine says, where members of the community in which this occurs overcome the suspicion that often separates us with the love that binds us together.