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Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine’s Thought$
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Sarah Stewart-Kroeker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804994.001.0001

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(p.245) Conclusion
Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine’s Thought

Sarah Stewart-Kroeker

Oxford University Press

This is a concluding reflection on how beauty and moral formation are integrally linked in Augustine’s pilgrimage image, as well as an exploration of the implications for interpreting Augustine’s moral theology. The book uses the peregrinatio image as its guiding lens. This reading of the peregrinatio image drew on Augustine’s understanding of the Platonists, of Christ, of moral formation, beauty, ecclesiology, and the order of love. The central bonds developed are between beauty, moral formation, Christ, and neighbor-love. The peregrinatio image draws these together by portraying the moral formation in Christ as a journey to the homeland initiated and sustained by relationships with beautiful beloveds—Christ and his members—sheltered within the tent of the church.

Keywords:   Augustine, moral formation, pilgrimage, beauty, Christ

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