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Contemplation and Classical Christianity: A Study in Augustine

John Peter Kenney


This study explores Augustine’s developing understanding of contemplation, beginning with his earliest accounts written before his baptism and ending with the Confessions. Chapter One examines the pagan monotheism of the Roman Platonists and the role of contemplation in their theology. Augustine’s pre-baptismal writings are then examined in Chapter Two, tracking his fundamental break from pagan Platonism. Chapter Three then turns to Augustine’s developing understanding of contemplation in these pre-baptismal texts. Chapter Four concentrates on Augustine’s thought during the decade after his ba ... More

Keywords: patristics, early Christian theology, philosophy of religion, ancient Platonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563708
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Peter Kenney, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Michael's College, Vermont.