Augustine and History

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Christopher T. Daly, John Doody, Kim Paffenroth
Lexington Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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Augustine and History relates history to Augustine's thoughts, life, and writings in several distinct, but connected, ways. The essays place Augustine in his historical context, analyze his own theory and practice of historiography, and examine his impact on later historians and controversies. Augustine's intellect and influence are elaborated in contexts as disparate as the Fall of Rome, debates on the death penalty, and even the reactions to 9/11. This collection of scholarly essays is excellent for a wide-ranging academic audience.
  

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Contents

On the Use and Disadvantage of History for the Afterlife
3
History as Witness Augustines Interpretation of the History of Israel in Contra Faustum and De trinitate
31
Augustine and the Rhetoric of Roman Decline
53
AUGUSTINES PLACE IN HISTORY
75
He Promised Much and Did It All Augustine and Historians
77
Dissent and the Death Penalty Developing a Comparative Perspective
89
The Wage of Sin Is Orthodoxy The Confessions of Saint Augustine in Bayles Dictionnaire
155
COMPARISONS OF AUGUSTINE AND LATER HISTORIANS
167
A True History of Ourselves Augustine Carlyle and the Case for Biography
197
Augustine and Ricoeur on the Circle of Time and Narrative
221
Book 18 of The City of God Bianchinis Universal History and the New Science of Vico
243
Propaganda and the Pornography of Cataclysm Augustine and Luigi Guicciardinis The Sack of Rome
261
Bibliography
295
Index
313
About the Contributors
323
Copyright

Augustine and Hegel on the History of Rome
169

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About the author (2008)

Christopher T. Daly is visiting assistant professor of core humanities, Villanova University. John Doody is professor of philosophy, Robert M. Birmingham endowed chair in core humanities, and director of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education, Villanova University. Kim Paffenroth is associate professor of religious studies and chair, department of religious studies, Iona College.

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