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Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine
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Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine

Carol Harrison

Abstract

This book places Saint Augustine's theology in a new context by considering what he has to say about beauty. It demonstrates how a theological understanding of beauty revealed in the created, temporal realm enabled Augustine to form a positive appreciation of this realm and the saving power of beauty within it. It therefore reintroduces aesthetics alongside philosophy and ethics in Augustine's treatment of God. The book shifts emphasis away from Augustine's early and most theoretical treatises to his mature reflections as a bishop and pastor on how God communicates with fallen man. Using his t ... More

Keywords: Saint Augustine, theology, aesthetics, philosophy, ethics, divine beauty, God, fallen man, creation, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263425
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263425.001.0001

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Carol Harrison, author
Durham University
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