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Contemplation and classical Christianity : a study in Augustine

Author: John Peter Kenney
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013. ©2013
Series: Oxford early Christian studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"After resolving to become a Catholic Christian, Augustine spent a decade trying to clarify his understanding of 'contemplation, ' the interior presence of God to the soul. That long struggle yielded his classic account in the Confessions. This study explores Augustine's developing understanding of contemplation, beginning with his earliest accounts written before his baptism and ending with the Confessions. Chapter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Augustine, of Hippo Saint; Aurelius Augustinus; Augustine, of Hippo Saint; Aurelius Augustinus; Aurelius Augustinus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Peter Kenney
ISBN: 9780199563708 0199563705 9780198758822 0198758820
OCLC Number: 869897872
Description: xi, 191 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Contemplation and pagan monotheism --
Transcendence and Christian monotheism --
Contemplation at Cassiciacum --
Early Catholic treatises --
Christian transcendentalism.
Series Title: Oxford early Christian studies.
Responsibility: John Peter Kenney.

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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  Read more...

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Kenney's book is a welcomed addition to Augustinian studies. * Darron T. Chapman, Ancient Christians Studies * an important contribution ... a great and laudable achievement ... fascinating. * Read more...

 
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