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Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine$
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Carol Harrison

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263425.001.0001

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Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine


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This chapter looks at man in the image of God. The doctrine of man in the image of God, of man bearing the form (forma) or beauty of God, might be said to colour every aspect of Augustine's theology. Detailed examination of it presents a very different picture of man's fall and redemption and the place of aesthetics in this scheme relative to that portrayed by OʼConnell in his exposition of the doctrine of man as a pre-existent fallen soul. The second section of the chapter considers God in man, describing man in the context of time and history; his fall and the consequent deformation of the image. The third section looks at his gradual reformation towards God.

Keywords:   God's image, Augustine's aesthetics, man's fall, salvation, illumination

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