Anthropocentric Christology in Augustine's Confessiones XIII: Sensory and Corporeal Aspects of Mystagogy in the Context of the earlier Commentaries on Genesis

Martin Claes

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEarly Christian Mystagogy and the Body
    EditorsN. Vos, P. van Geest
    Place of PublicationLeuven
    PublisherPeeters Publishing
    Chapter20
    Pages385-404
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9789042948518
    ISBN (Print)9789042948501
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2022

    Publication series

    NameAnnua Nuntia Lovensia
    PublisherPeeters
    Volume83

    Keywords

    • Augustine
    • Christology
    • Mystagogy, Church fathers, Spiritual growth
    • anthroplogy

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