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Water Is Thicker than BloodAn Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness$
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Jana Marguerite Bennett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315431

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315431.001.0001

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 Seeing the World with Augustine

 Seeing the World with Augustine

Word, Story, and Worship

(p.33) 2 Seeing the World with Augustine
Water Is Thicker than Blood

Jana Marguerite Bennett

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of how marriage and singleness might be related to the Household of God by considering the church's own life and focus: Christ, scripture, worship. To think about relationships between things like scripture and marriage beyond simple proof‐texting or in theological terms rather than social‐scientific terms requires, in George Lindbeck's words, “a scriptural world” that provides an “interpretive framework.” Augustine of Hippo, a premodern theologian who wrote extensively on both marriage and singleness (and influenced many other theologians), appeals as a good interlocutor, despite being out of favor in recent years for his supposed views on sex and sexuality. This chapter briefly examines Augustine's use of scripture and liturgy in his own work and considers the ways in which Augustine makes use of salvation history as a primary way to discuss Christian states of life.

Keywords:   scripture, liturgy, “scriptural world,”, Augustine, salvation history

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