Early Years Augustine is the first ecclesiastical author the whole course of whose development can be clearly traced, as well as the first in whose case we are able to determine the exact period covered by his career, to the very day. To his mother Monnica so the manuscripts write her name, not Monica; b. But though she was evidently an honorable, loving, self-sacrificing, and able woman, she was not always the ideal of a Christian mother that tradition has made her appear.
Whether or not it would be appropriate to bring in modern perspectives would depend on the nature of the seminar and the professor, I suppose.
Anyway, I read your question and this immediately came to mind. Good luck with whatever you choose to write about! If your course is on his philosophy, you might look though that and see if anything catches your interest, then you could look at the relevant parts of his writings which are noted in the entry.
The entry mentions a number of points of traditional scholarly debate that might be good jumping off points.
Obviously you would mention this entry in your bibliography. Augustine seems to have mixed thoughts on good and evil. I think a paper showing those two contradictory views would be interesting and certainly could remain totally text basedbut I think it would take a good degree of familiarity or a whole lot of skimming to do it thoroughly.
It has been a long time since I read Augustine and I never really studied him, came at it as a history major and was interested in the heretic and heresies more than his philosophy.
Peter Garnsey, Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustinewill give you a good introduction to the topic. Again the City of God would be an obvious place to start, plus the secondary literature on Augustine and the Donatists.
Augustine tends to be treated as the first to appeal to free will as an explanation of evil and suffering; the existence of these are puzzling if God is all-good, all-powerful, and all-knowing.
Mackie has a great essay "Evil and Omnipotence. I would think that an examination of how well his neo-Platonic metaphysics meshed with the Church doctrine of his time or, more interesting, Church doctrine of later times such as transubstantiation. I have also found his discourse on memory and time quite fascinating Confessions Book X posted by yoyoceramic at 9:Saint Augustine’s View on Sexuality The famous bishop of Hippo, St.
Augustine, is claimed as a cornerstone of Christian theology by both Catholics and Protestants. St. Augustine: Saint Augustine, and his views on sexuality were humane in intent but have often been received as oppressive in effect.
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A contrary view of St. Augustine (–), one of the greatest Western theologians, prevailed, however. Introduction It may have been a mistake for me to offer to speak about Augustine on marriage and sexuality.
This is one topic on which many people have expressed very strong opinions, and these opinions are usually not very favorable towards Augustine. Saint Augustine’s View on Sexuality The famous bishop of Hippo, St.
Augustine, is claimed as a cornerstone of Christian theology by both Catholics and Protestants. Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions Essay. Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions ( C.E.) is a theological autobiography, what we would call today a conversion story.
Critical Essays Augustine's View of Sexuality Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List One of the most notable features of the Confessions, and one that has fascinated — or perhaps titillated — readers through the centuries is Augustine's honesty about his sexual .
Saint Augustine’s View on Sexuality The famous bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine, is claimed as a cornerstone of Christian theology by both Catholics and Protestants.