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In: Interactions in Interpretation
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This contribution traces the dialogical strategies deployed by Augustine of Hippo (354–430) in the Sermons as a case-study on intra-religious encounters in 4th century North-Africa. Specifically, this contribution carries out a chronological-thematic analysis of Augustine’s rhetoric of the image with special attention to the effects that the preacher/hearer dialectic produces in the social ‘moral imagination’. It is argued that ambiguity best characterizes the dialogical strategy inherent to Augustine’s preaching on the interplay between grace and free will. The effect of ambiguity is not persuasion but rather the shaping of a ‘moral imagination’ of a community and thus conditions the sphere of moral action. To conclude, dialogical ambiguity in Augustine’s Sermons simultaneously empowers and constrains the boundaries for the possibility of moral action where free will and grace constantly overlap.

In: Religious Polemics and Encounters in Late Antiquity
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What is interiority? The task for the present chapter is to define interiority, not in negative terms (vis-à-vis exteriority) as is often done, but as an act of overcoming the confines of finitude. By tracing the metamorphosis of interiority, the chapter illustrates how Augustine articulates the dynamic ‘I’ in light of God, and shows that interiority is realized fully only as Church. We begin by elucidating the enigmas of interior estrangement and relational fragmentation as per Book X of Confessions (§1). The discussion then turns to the dynamism of the Trinitarian structure of relation and its exterior and corporeal orientation in On the Trinity (§2). Through the Word incarnate, the voice of the Church in the Expositions on the Psalms functions as a unifying narrative to gather and harmonize an otherwise dissipated interiority (§3). Thus the Church as an image of the soul exteriorly signifies the unity which the making of Church interiorly transforms in the soul (§4). The conception of interiority for Augustine goes in hand with exteriority and with the performative action of Christ in the Church.

In: Religionspraxis und Individualität
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