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A Renaissance of Augustinianism?

Eric Saak

in Creating Augustine

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646388
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646388.003.0002
A Renaissance of Augustinianism?

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This chapter argues for a historical renaissance of Augustine, the origins of which are to be found in the religo-politics of the Order of Hermits of St Augustine, and particularly in the works of Augustinus of Ancona, OESA (d. 1328). The position of Heiko A. Oberman serves as the point of departure. Oberman, drawing from the work of Damasus Trapp and others, had argued for a renewed campaign against the ‘modern Pelagians’ as the catalyst for the return to Augustine, found in the works of Gregory of Rimini and Thomas Bradwardine, the former of whom was the best Augustine scholar of the Middle Ages. Against Oberman’s position, the chapter finds the origins of the return to Augustine in the 1320s in the context of the papal-imperial conflict between John XXII and Louis of Bavaria, thus seeking to establish a historical, rather than theological, referent for the term ‘Augustinian Renaissance’.

Keywords: Augustinian Renaissance; Augustinus of Ancona; Damasus Trapp; Gregory of Rimini; Heiko Oberman; Thomas Bradwardine

Chapter.  13016 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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