Augustine’s Spirituality

Gnostic-Manichaean and Catholic Spirituality in Augustine’s Confessions

In: Religion and Theology
Johannes van Oort University of Pretoria, South Africa Faculty of Theology and Religion

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This essay reviews the two types of spirituality present in Augustine’s Confessions: on the one hand his former Manichaean-Christian belief and its practices, on the other hand his newly won Catholic-Christian mindset. More than ever thought, throughout the Confessions both forms of spirituality appear to be engaged in a breath-taking dialogue. Many examples of this unexpected discourse are given in the course of this exposition covering the entire Confessions. Its author argues that the most famous work of the African born Augustine should be read anew from its original perspective.

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