Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Disciplining ChristiansCorrection and Community in Augustine’s Letters$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jennifer V. Ebbeler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372564.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 January 2019

Conclusion: The Paper Trail

Conclusion: The Paper Trail

(p.227) Conclusion: The Paper Trail
Disciplining Christians

Jennifer V. Ebbeler

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. This book has identified and provided a detailed explication of one remarkable aspect of Augustine's epistolary practice: his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to adapt the friendly letter exchange to the task of correcting error in the Christian community. From the analyses of the correspondences, it is apparent that Augustine's bold epistolary experiment was an unmitigated failure, in large part because he was unable to persuade his correspondents to embrace humbly their roles as objects of correction. In the eyes of his correspondents, Augustine's violation of conventional epistolary norms was unacceptable and aroused their suspicions. As each chapter of this study demonstrates, close attention to Augustine's literary practice produces new biographical, theological, and social-historical insights. The careful analysis of Augustine's correspondence with Jerome, Pelagius, and the Donatists permits us to evaluate these complicated but key relationships from a new perspective.

Keywords:   Augustine, epistolary practice, Christian community, letter exchange, correspondence

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .