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Rethinking Augustine's Early TheologyAn Argument for Continuity$
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Carol Harrison

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281664

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199281661.001.0001

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The Revolution of 386

The Revolution of 386

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(p.20) 2 The Revolution of 386
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Rethinking Augustine's Early Theology
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Carol Harrison (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199281661.003.0002

This chapter argues that Augustine’s conversion in 386 is not a radically different conversion from the one he recounts in Confessiones 8: that if one is to speak of a ‘revolution’ in his thought, it is not to be found in his reading of Paul in the 390s, but in his reading of the ‘books of the Platonists’ in 386, and his discovery in them of a doctrine of God’s transcendence which freed him from the materialistic philosophies that had hitherto made it impossible for him to embrace the Christian faith to which he had always sought to be reconciled.

Keywords:   conversion, Confessiones 8, Platonists, Neoplatonism, Plotinus, transcendence

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