Free pdf The Mysticism of Saint Augustine: RE-Reading the ConfessionsAuthor John Peter Kenney –

Augustine S Vision At Ostia Is One Of The Most Influential Accounts Of Mystical Experience In The Western Tradition, And A Subject Of Persistent Interest To Christians, Philosophers And Historians This Book Explores Augustine S Account Of His Experience As Set Down In The Confessions And Considers His Mysticism In Relation To His Classical Platonist Philosophy John Peter Kenney Argues That While The Christian Contemplative Mysticism Created By Augustine Is In Many Ways Founded On Platonic Thought, Platonism Ultimately Fails Augustine In That It Cannot Retain The Truths That It Anticipates The Confessions Offer A Response To This Impasse By Generating Two Critical Ideas In Medieval And Modern Religious Thought Firstly, The Conception Of Contemplation As A Purely Epistemic Event, In Contrast To Classical Platonism Secondly, The Tenet That Salvation Is Absolutely Distinct From Enlightenment

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  1. Robert L. Wright Robert L. Wright says:

    If you care about cutting through a lot of theological ruminations which are often circular and painstaking I think you will find Dr Kenney s Rereading a most worthwhile study I found his selection of texts helpful to a deeping awareness of the presence of God in my life intellectually, as well as prayerfully Some of the book is scholarly yet the authors ability to use language well doesn t overwhelm the reader Well done John Peter Kenny Bravo You ve opened up a very important text for all of us.