Augustine (Saint -- Bishop of Hippo), Confessiones (Augustinus), Christian life, Spiritual life


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 spiritual significance and virtually all of his true Christology. This paper traces these concepts throughout the Confessions and reveals a peculiar duality about his Christology and his view of Christianity as a whole.

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