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Time, Matter, and a <i>Scientia</i> of Scripture:<i>Confessiones</i> 12 and 13

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643028.003.0012

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Time, Matter, and a Scientia of Scripture:Confessiones 12 and 13

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The final two books of Confessions offer an answer to the question of mediation between the temporal and eternal. Unity is considered under the topic of matter, rather than time, and the instance of the ‘heaven of heavens’ suggests a way in which the mutable will can enjoy the stability of the divine life. The problem of the ‘restless heart’ is resolved in the dialectic between unity and community that exists in the Trinity and in the Church in different but analogous ways.

Keywords: Augustine; Confessions; time; formless matter; heaven; hermeneutic of Scripture; church; truth; humility; Trinity

Chapter.  8678 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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