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Augustine and Diversity

Jean Bethke Elshtain

in A Catholic Modernity?

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195131611
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131611.003.0006
Augustine and Diversity

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This chapter focuses on Taylor's vision for a human community that happily avoids the extremes of homogeneity and incommensurability. It provides an extended reflection on Augustine's thought on the Trinity, by building on Taylor's affirmation that human beings are made in the image and likeness of God, who, for Christians, is Trinitarian. It argues that “thinking with and through the Trinity permits us to understand why it is that we are unable to express ourselves transparently and to get others to respond to us completely. It enables us to seek the saving grace of our fellow human beings through the transformative and constitutive force of love, caritas”.

Keywords: Christians; Catholicism; Charles Taylor; Trinity; Augustine; God; Trinitarian

Chapter.  3307 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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