Dwelling in the Dignity of God: Augustine of Hippo

Ellen T. Charry

in By the Renewing of Your Minds

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195134865
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853472 | DOI:
Dwelling in the Dignity of God: Augustine of Hippo

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This chapter argues that Augustine's aretegenic goal was to present the doctrine of the Trinity so that it establishes the seeker's identity as arising from the being of God. He gets his reader's attention by shaming, embarrassing, and exposing her weaknesses, as well as by encouraging, urging, and reassuring her that a new and better self is both called for and possible, in order to focus her energy on the search for self in God. The chastisement is persistent though never punitive. God means to form us by leading us gently to himself. Augustine's theology becomes more accessible to those who agree that spiritual formation is necessary for a happy life. The sapience of God is the core of human happiness, as far as Augustine was concerned.

Keywords: Augustine of Hippo; Trinity; God; theology; sapience; happiness; spiritual formation

Chapter.  17554 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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