This article investigates the consequences of Augustine’s Christological anthropology for the perspective of his view on initiation and mystagogy. It offers a close reading of selected texts (Gn. adu. Man., Gn. litt. imp., conf. XIII) on the creation of the human body within the context of Augustine’s polemic discussion with Manichean anthropology. I will argue that Augustine’s extensive deliberations on sensorial and corporal manifestations of Christ’s salvific action and presence serve his anti-Manichean agenda, but were additionally an essential strategy in his rhetorical mystagogy with support of an anthropocentric coloured Christology.
|Title of host publication||Early Christian Mystagogy and the Body|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|
|Name||Late Antique History and Religion|
- Mystagogy, Church fathers, Spiritual growth