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Confessions, Rachel Duvack Jan 1996

Confessions, Rachel Duvack

Anthós (1990-1996)

Augustine of Hippo was a man who wanted two inharmonious states. He wanted to have the security of an absolute and sustaining faith in God, a faith that would have proscribed and clear definitions of what he should believe. At the same time, he was quite unable to control the roaming of his restless, seeking mind. Written 10 years after his conversion, the Confessions is both an exploration of his changed thinking since his conversion and a message from the Bishop of Hippo to his congregants. It is his attempt to reconcile his need for faith with his consuming doubts ...


The Gospel According To Augustine: Augustine's Use Of The Gospels In The Confessions, Nikki Goodrick Jan 1996

The Gospel According To Augustine: Augustine's Use Of The Gospels In The Confessions, Nikki Goodrick

Anthós (1990-1996)

St. Augustine makes use of many predecessors and precursors throughout his work, the Confessions. Among the most prominent of these predecessors are the writings of the early Christian church, in particular the Gospels. Augustine makes extensive use of the Gospels throughout his work but it is quite obvious that he does not view them to be a homogenous group but four distinctly different books. Augustine approaches each book in a markedly different manner and uses them for distinctly different purposes in the Confessions. He pays special attention to the Gospel of John and from this book he derives the most ...


Creative Suffering: The Theme Of Mediation In Pascal's Pensées, Kathleen Merrow Jan 1990

Creative Suffering: The Theme Of Mediation In Pascal's Pensées, Kathleen Merrow

Anthós (1990-1996)

The idea of mediation runs through Pascal’s Pensées and is an important part of his contribution to western thought. This paper traces the concept of mediation through the theme of creative suffering and the figure of Christ in Pensées. In addition, Pascal’s particular concept of mediation can be found as a supporting concept to the philosophies of such diverse early 20th century figures as Poincare, Blondel, and Bergson. In the end this paper traces a complicated and complex problem for Pascal, that of Mediation, and suggests that it ultimately had tragic consequences for him.


The Use Of Vergil's Aeneid In St. Augustine's Confessions, Jennifer S. Oberst Jan 1990

The Use Of Vergil's Aeneid In St. Augustine's Confessions, Jennifer S. Oberst

Anthós (1990-1996)

In his Confessions, St. Augustine draws a parallel between his own conversion to Christianity and Dido’s suicide in Vergil’s Aeneid. This paper traces the many connections between Dido’s suicide and Augustine’s conversion and suggests that his use of the conventions of her story would have appealed to pagans and thus furthered his effort to broaden the Christian faithful.