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Augustine's Early Theology of ImageA Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology$
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Gerald P. Boersma

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190251369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251369.001.0001

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Proteus and Participation

Proteus and Participation

(p.165) V Proteus and Participation
Augustine's Early Theology of Image

Gerald P. Boersma

Oxford University Press

The Contra Academicos dialogue, set in the contemplative leisure of Cassiciacum, explores the question of whether eternal, immaterial truth can be known in the temporal, material order. The title intimates that Augustine’s intention is to refute the philosophical skepticism of the New Academy. The dialogue introduces Proteus, “the reflected image of truth,” known to reveal truth to whomever captured him, but who was impossible to capture. Only if Proteus would be handed over by a god could access to the truth be had. The chapter argues that Proteus is an analogy of the incarnate Christ, affirming that truth, wisdom, and eternal philosophy can be known in the temporal state of flux if revealed by a god. Augustine overcomes the skepticism of the New Academy, confirming that the finite order can participate in and reveal infinite reality.

Keywords:   Contra Academicos, Cassiciacum, Proteus, incarnate, skepticism, New Academy, wisdom, truth, philosophy

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