Augustine, Confessions

lectures of 11/10 and 11/15 connected

The Authority of Augustine

The new Christianity of "authors"
----->the bishop with trans-local authority
----->How Augustine managed this

How to read the Confessions
----->Trinity: three in God, image of God in man
----->1 Jn. 2.16: three temptations
----->Resultant structure of text

The implicit representation of self
1. display of externals in face-to-face aristocratic society
2. concern with internals through education and discipline, as means to the end: improving the display of externals
3. concern with internals for their own sake: last page of the Consolation and throughout Confessions -- God sees within, and that is where the drama of life now takes place. (Monks filthy without, seemly within)

Boundaries between good/evil: not identical with any earthly society

Hence, Augustine's City of God

paradoxes and dilemmas of late antique Christianity as actually lived

universal history, just war, two cities

place of scripture -- the "large screen TV" of late antiquity.
--------->example from Conf. 8.2.3 on the way the authoritative text permeates the perception of reality