Reflections on Augustine’s Evaluation of the Body in his later Comments on Genesis: A Christological Perspective

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Abstract

Augustine’s anthropology is closely connected with his Christology and vice versa. In this contribution I argue that, despite his reputation for a dualistic or even negative evaluation of the human body, Augustine also in his later works, considered the human body as an opportunity for salvation. With help of three works on the book Genesis, which are distinctive in their rhetorical scopes, I discuss observations of a certain degree of constancy in a positive evaluation of the human body. These observations will be assessed in the framework of Augustine’s Christology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPapers presented at the Eighteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2019 Volume 15
Subtitle of host publication Augustine and his Writings
EditorsMarkus Vinzent
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherPeeters
Pages81-89
ISBN (Electronic)9789042947658
ISBN (Print)9789042947641
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventXVIII International Conference on Patristic Studies Oxford - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Aug 201924 Aug 2019
https://www.oxfordpatristics.com

Publication series

NameStudia Patristica
PublisherLeuven University Press, Peeters
VolumeCXVIII
ISSN (Print)0585-542X

Conference

ConferenceXVIII International Conference on Patristic Studies Oxford
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period19/08/1924/08/19
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Keywords

  • Augustine
  • anthroplogy
  • Christology
  • human body
  • creation

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