Chapter

On the Threshold

Catherine Conybeare

in The Irrational Augustine

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199262083
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019926208x.003.0002

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

On the Threshold

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The Cassiciacum dialogues present Augustine in a liminal state. He chose the genre of philosophical dialogue for his first public statements as a would-be Christian to encapsulate that sense of liminality. He uses the relative informality of the genre to open up questions about the relationship of language to reality, underplay his conclusions, and let his readers take the conversation further for themselves.

Keywords: Augustine; philosophical dialogue; liminal; Cassiciacum

Chapter.  13598 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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