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Learned IgnoranceIntellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims$
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James L. Heft, Reuven Firestone, and Omid Safi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.001.0001

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After Augustine

After Augustine

Humility and the Search for God in Historical Memory

(p.191) 10 After Augustine
Learned Ignorance

Elizabeth Groppe

Oxford University Press

This chapter weaves together the author's close reading of Augustine's Confessions and the author's account of visiting the holy sites of Jerusalem with her Jewish and Muslim trialogue companions. This is done in order to show how humility purifies religious believers and creates a greater capacity for dialogue. She recalls how early in his life Augustine, as a student of rhetoric, admired men who were more embarrassed by a lapse in grammar than they were by their elaborately crafted paeans to lust. Neo-Platonism helped Augustine escape the Manichaeism of his youth, but did not provide him the affective power he needed for his conversion. That power he finally found in the humility and human suffering of the Word Incarnate.

Keywords:   Augustine, Confessions, theology, pride, humility, trialogue, Jerusalem

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