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Customizing Authority

Arnoud S. Q. Visser

in Reading Augustine in the Reformation

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765935
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765935.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Customizing Authority

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An important part of the distribution of Augustine's works was the publication of patristic anthologies and epitomes. These works far outstripped the production of full-text editions, and often catered for specific confessional readerships and religious debates. This chapter investigates how Augustine's authority is customized to suit these specific purposes, showing that selective reading and quotations practices went hand in hand with a keen awareness of the manipulative effect of this approach.

Keywords: Augustine of Hippo; authority; patristic anthologies; religious debates; confessionalism; organization of knowledge; quotation practices

Chapter.  6573 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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