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Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine’s Thought

Sarah Stewart-Kroeker


Augustine’s dominant image for the human life is peregrinatio, which signifies at once a journey to the homeland—a pilgrimage—and the condition of exile from the homeland. For Augustine, all human beings are, in the earthly life, exiles from their true homeland: heaven. Only some become pilgrims seeking a way back to the heavenly homeland, a return mediated by the incarnate Christ. Becoming a pilgrim begins with attraction to beauty. The return journey therefore involves formation, both moral and aesthetic, in loving rightly. This image has occasioned a lot of angst in ethical thought in the l ... More

Keywords: Augustine, beauty, morality, ethics, pilgrimage, love, Christ

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804994
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Stewart-Kroeker, author
Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Geneva