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Rereading Historical Theology

Before, During, and After Augustine [Paperback]

by Margaret R Miles

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      Margaret R Miles

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      Paperback / softback

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      Wipf & Stock Publishers

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      January 2008

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      Description: Augustine of Hippo is arguably the most influential author in the history of Christian thought and institutions. Yet he has been revered by some reviewers and vilified by others. Contemporary critical approaches to historical authors can illuminate features of Augustine's thought and activities that are not noticed when reviewers' attention is either exclusively sympathetic or intransigently critical. Anyone who seeks to present an Augustine who has relevance for the twenty-first century must somehow hold together delight in the beauty of his prose and the profundity of his thought with dismay over some of the intentions and effects of his teachings. The essays in this book endeavor to read Augustine simultaneously critically and appreciatively. Miles places his thought in the context of his classical heritage and notices how pervasive in later Christian authors are the themes that informed Augustine's thought. Understanding his writings as a passionate effort to describe a metaphysical universe that accounts for the endlessly fascinating mystery of embodied life makes many of Augustine's proposals accessible, useful, and delightful in the context of contemporary quandaries and issues. His conclusions are less important than his method: In Augustine, knowledge and life mutually illuminate, energize, and critique each other, exemplifying the practice of a fully human life. Exploring some of his most persistent themes, these essays seek to show how Augustine's theology works. Endorsements: ""For years Margaret Miles has been patiently honoring the question of the body in historical theology. In this collection of sixteen of her best essays, she tracks the ambivalences in Augustine's love of the flesh, finds a Platonism with an earthly pull, sustains her sense of an antique social location, and finishes with a flourish of mystics and reformers--all successors to an Augustinian passion. An historian of great cultural sensitivity, Miles is not afraid to meet the past under the skin of contemporary life (where it, in fact, has always been). In the art of critical sympathy, she has no peer."" --James Wetzel, Villanova University ""Margaret Miles has long been one of the most imaginative and suggestive readers of Augustine and his thought. Combining the highest standards of critical historical scholarship with an extraordinary ability to penetrate to the heart of Augustine's thought, Miles is always worth reading and reading over. These essays should be required reading for all interested in Augustine and--equally importantly--in his legacy in the Christian tradition."" --Lewis Ayres, Candler School of Theology, Emory University ""This book


      • Author

        Margaret R Miles

      • Book Format

        Paperback / softback

      • Publisher

        Wipf & Stock Publishers

      • Published

        January 2008

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      • Dimensions

        153 x 229 x 19 mm

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      • Author/Creator: Margaret R Miles

      • ISBN: 9781556352164

      • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers

      • Release Date: January 2008

      • Weight: 450g

      • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 19 mm

      • Eden Code: 4281172

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