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Saeculum : History and Society in the Theology of St Augustine - R. A. Markus


History and Society in the Theology of St Augustine

Paperback Published: 10th April 1989
ISBN: 9780521368551
Number Of Pages: 284

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In this book Professor Markus's main concern is with those aspects of Augustine's thought which help to answer questions about the purpose of human society, and particularly with his reflections on history, society and the Church. He relates Augustine's ideas to their contemporary context and to older traditions, and shows which aspects of his thought he absorbed from his intellectual environment. Augustine appears from this study as a thinker who rejected the 'sacralization' of the established order of society, and the implications of this for a theology of history are explored in the last chapter.

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'This is a fresh ... study of one of Christianity's perennially interesting thinkers.' The Times Literary Supplement 'It is impossible adequately to summarise this book, which well merits full and carefully considered reading.' Journal of Roman Studies "Markus' monograph offers a brilliant introduction to a very subtle aspect of Augustinian thought, and shows once again that the Bishop of Hippo, as in so many other areas, anticipated many of the original insights of modern secularist theology.' Classical Folia

Introduction to the revised edition
History: sacred and secular
Tempora christiana: Augustine's historical experience
Civitas terrena: the secularisation of Roman history
Ordinata est res publica: the foundations of political authority
Afer scribens Afris: the Church in Augustine and the African tradition
Coge intrare: the Church and political power
Civitas peregrina: signposts
Bibliographical note
List of works referred to
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521368551
ISBN-10: 0521368553
Series: Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 10th April 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2