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Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual…

Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography

by Miles Hollingworth

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Drawing from the narrative of St. Augustine's life, the author reveals the direct line from Augustine's own early life experiences to his later commentaries on humanity.



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"Ever since [the Pelopennesian War and other politico-military circumstances for philosophy] the Western intellectual has had to bear the suspicion that he is 'behind the times' if his ideas do not show the proper respect to the 'facts.' In times of revolutionary zeal, the facts have a way of swapping places with his ideas, so that they become the ardent, utopian dreams of the regime, and his conservatism (now seen for what it is) can be extinguished as the obstacle to progress." 29 One of Augustine's enduring collatoral achievements was to be the conduitof safe passage for a whole range of classical learning that would have been burnt and trodden to dust by the barbarians had it not turned up all over his writings 33 There are some things that are designed to be caught by the human mind: but the understanding of them has nothing to do with the catching: but consists rather of handing them back, intact, to their maker. 44 Serm 9.12--virtuous man feels ashamed in lewd company We are the remembering race, always looking back to a reality from which to make sense of the moving forwards. (243, 244, 248) So this is A saying that the whole gift and art of writing, the gift and art of all human forms of expression, is possible only because we have been so damnably deceived yet continue to perform the sacramental onomastic role of seeing and naming the animals in Eden. 220 "such intensive home-schooling" 235
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