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

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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
PublisherPeeters Publishing
Chapter20
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018

Publication series

NameLate Antique History and Religion

Keywords

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

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