Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma Hardback

Making a "Catholic" Self, 388-401 C.E.

by Jason David BeDuhn;

In Stock - Usually dispatched within 24 hours


Free UK delivery when you spend £10 or more

Price and Purchase

Offer price: £66.00 Free UK Delivery
Go to Basket We accept VISA, Mastercard, Paypal and Buy Now Pay Later

If you're buying for a church, school or business, why not Buy Now Pay Later?

Find Out More

Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma

Full Product Description

By 388 C.E., Augustine had broken with the Manichaeism of his early adulthood and wholeheartedly embraced Nicene Christianity as the tradition with which he would identify and within which he would find meaning. Yet conversion rarely, if ever, represents a clean and total break from the past. As Augustine defined and became a "Catholic" self, he also intently engaged with Manichaeism as a rival religious system. This second volume of Jason David BeDuhn's detailed reconsideration of Augustine's life and letters explores the significance of the fact that these two processes unfolded together. BeDuhn identifies the Manichaean subtext to be found in nearly every work written by Augustine between 388 and 401 and demonstrates Augustine's concern with refuting his former beliefs without alienating the Manichaeans he wished to win over. To achieve these ends, Augustine modified and developed his received Nicene Christian faith, strengthening it where it was vulnerable to Manichaean critique and taking it in new directions where he found room within an orthodox frame of reference to accommodate Manichaean perspectives and concerns.
Against this background, BeDuhn is able to shed new light on the complex circumstances and purposes of Augustine's most famous work, The Confessions, as well as his distinctive reading of Paul and his revolutionary concept of grace. Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma, Volume 2 demonstrates the close interplay between Augustine's efforts to work out his own "Catholic" persona and the theological positions associated with his name, between the sometimes dramatic twists and turns of his own personal life and his theoretical thinking.

Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma by Jason David BeDuhn was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2013. The ISBN for Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma is 9780812244946.

Go to Basket

Reviews of Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma

Customer reviews and testimonials Write a review

Go to Basket

Product Q&A

Got a question? No problem! Just click here to ask us about Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma.


Details for Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (May 2013)
Number of Pages552
Thickness38 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4076644
Page last updated 17th October 2016
Eden is an accredited Living Wage employer