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Augustine and the Cure of Souls By Paul R. Kolbet

Augustine and the Cure of Souls by Paul R. Kolbet

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Situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. This title uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's thought, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his final acts as bishop, revealing a man deeply indebted to the Roman past and yet distinctly Christian.

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Augustine and the Cure of Souls Summary

Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal by Paul R. Kolbet

Augustine and the Cure of Souls situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's thought, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his final acts as bishop, revealing a man deeply indebted to the Roman past and yet distinctly Christian. Rather than supplanting his classical learning, Augustine's Christianity reinvigorated precisely those elements of Roman wisdom that he believed were slipping into decadence. In particular, Kolbet addresses the manner in which Augustine not only used classical rhetorical theory to express his theological vision, but also infused it with theological content. This book offers a fresh reading of Augustine's writings-particularly his numerous, though often neglected, sermons-and provides an accessible point of entry into the great North African bishop's life and thought.

Augustine and the Cure of Souls Reviews

Kolbet...situates Augustine's psychagogy within the larger ambit of classical oratorical therapy, which finds its roots in Socrates and Plato. Kolbet demonstrates the continuity between the classical rhetorical aims of psychagogy and those of Augustine. -- Zeitschrift fur Autikes Christentum (ZAC)
This is a highly readable study on 'Augustine's reception of classical traditions of the cure of souls and his transformation of these classical traditions in his Christian rhetoric.' . . . the book is an admirable presentation of Augustine's developing thought and its relation to the classical culture in which he was educated, and brings together in an illuminating manner topics previously served less well by separate treatment. It is certainly a book to recommend to students of Augustine and to would-be catechists or preachers. -- Journal of Theological Studies

About Paul R. Kolbet

Paul R. Kolbet is assistant professor of theology at Boston College.

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Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal by Paul R. Kolbet
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University of Notre Dame Press
20090311
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