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Donne's AugustineRenaissance Cultures of Interpretation$
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Katrin Ettenhuber

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609109.001.0001

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(p.225) Conclusion
Donne's Augustine

Katrin Ettenhuber

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion summarizes the main ideas of the book, focusing on Donne's engagement with the Augustinian theology of charity. In Donne’s, as in Augustine's writing, charity is a Christian virtue, but it is also a potent polemical weapon and a complex habit of thought, which encompasses doctrinal, epistemological, and moral dimensions. The Conclusion also outlines the chronological and thematic development of Donne's Augustinian reading in the sermons preached between 1615 and 1631, stressing the importance of the period 1624/5, when Donne's recovery from a near-fatal illness encouraged him to rethink his relationship with Augustine's texts. The Conclusion re-situates Donne's Augustinianism in the wider context of Renaissance scholarship and re-emphasizes the role of Augustine's thought in Donne's philosophy of time. Her study highlights, for the first time, the depth of Donne's reflections on human and providential history: Augustine's texts help him negotiate the linearity of fallen time and enable glimpses of God's eternal love in the resurrection.

Keywords:   John Donne, Saint Augustine, philosophy of time, charity, religious polemic

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