The ‘Problem’ of Temporality: <i>Confessiones</i> 11

Paige E. Hochschild

in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745416 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The ‘Problem’ of Temporality: Confessiones 11

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This chapter is about the eleventh book of Confessions, famously thought to be a study of the nature of time. In fact, time is never precisely defined in this book, which is Augustine’s incipient attempt to see the effectiveness of divine mediation played out in the history of the church. The issue of time is in fact still an issue of epistemology and spiritual psychology: how can the soul, determined by a temporal way of knowing, come to share in the peace of divine eternity?

Keywords: Augustine; Confessions; memory; time; eternity; Christ; creation; principium; verbum; distention

Chapter.  6390 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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