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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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Faith, Hope, and Love

Faith, Hope, and Love

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Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine


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Faith, hope, and love are the terms most often used by Augustine to describe man's response to divine revelation, including the revelation of divine beauty. They have in common the fact that their object is at once hidden and veiled. According to Augustine, faith, hope, and love are the pre-eminent lessons which the account of God's revelation in the Old and New Testaments offers. It is the faith, hope and love inspired by the revelation of God's beauty on earth which purifies, heals, and reforms man in order to see God's supreme beauty. This chapter considers how they contribute to Augustine's thought on the beauty of God's revelation, bringing man to an ultimate vision of supreme beauty in the life to come.

Keywords:   divine revelation, divine beauty, Trinity, God's love, Scripture

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