Christ the Glue of Scriptural Unity
Augustine's views on Scripture paralleled his views on Christ, who is the hub of salvation's “temporal arrangement.” Though he never devoted a separate work to Christology, Augustine's thought on Christ permeated everything he wrote. The figure of Christ haunted his youth and his Manichean years, even though his conceptions about the authenticity of the Lord's humanity remained in flux. For Manichees Christ's birth from a human mother was unthinkable since it would have defiled his divinity; thus they believed his human appearance was a cloak. Augustine became an ex-Manichee the moment he confessed Christ's true human birth. But that allowed him to link Christ to real history and the whole human experience. However, at this time Augustine still viewed Christ's death as an aspect of his work as a divine teacher. Like the images of Scripture, Christ's humanity offered a stairstep into the spiritual realm.
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