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Augustine and Apocalyptic examines Augustine's thoughts on the apocalypse and his influence on the understanding of this topic through the Middle Ages and into modern times. Augustine's handling of apocalyptic thought captures him at the height of his powers, exercising his substantial skills at Biblical exegesis and rhetoric, as well as his abilities to deal with the social upheaval that followed the Fall of Rome in 410.show more

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  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739189220
  • 9780739189221
  • 1,698,547

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A fascinating set of essays by experts in the field of apocalyptic thought, this volume brings Augustine's eschatological thought into fruitful conversations with figures, ideas, and incidents from later periods. One of the most stimulating and thought-provoking volumes on a doctor of the church recently published, this book will be of interest to scholars of Augustine, historians of apocalyptic, and more generally, to historians of Christianity and its thought. -- Kevin J. Madigan, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University The essays in Augustine and Apocalyptic should, once and for all, counter the mistaken but commonplace notion that Augustine-because he argued against date-setting and millenarian fantasies-was anti-apocalyptic. In fact, Augustine thought long and hard about the apocalypse and penned one of the most important summaries of expectations regarding the end of time. This volume, which collects valuable explorations of his apocalyptic thought, his influence on medieval and reformation theology, and his contemporary relevance, is recommended for those interested in a balanced view of Augustine's apocalypticism. -- Richard K. Emmerson, Manhattan College For all his anti-millennialism, Augustine seems an unlikely focus for a study of apocalyptic, but the editors of this volume assemble a fine set of essays to prove the skeptic wrong. Contributions defining apocalyptic and its biblical manifestations, as well as contextualizing Augustine's own thought-world and his writings about the end-times, provide the reader with the background to probe his enduring influence on thoughts about the end. Essays display his presence as it permeates works from the annotations of the Douai Rheims New Testament to the writings of Jean-Luc Marion and Jean Louis Chretien, Cormac Mc Carthy, and Charles Taylor. Readers interested in the New Testament, The City of God, as well Augustine's influence on modern religious literature will all find reasons to read this book from cover to cover. -- Maureen A. Tilley, Fordham Universityshow more

About John Doody

John Doody is Robert M. Birmingham Chair in Humanities and director of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education. Kari Kloos is an associate professor of religious studies at Regis University in Denver. Kim Paffenroth is professor of religious studies at Iona College.show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1.The End of Time: A Phenomenological Approach Jeff Olsen Biebighauser 2.Augustine and Apocalyptic: Thoughts on the Fall of Rome, the Book of Revelation, and the End of the World J. Kevin Coyle 3.Augustine and Apocalypticism in the Rheims New Testament Controversy Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer 4.What's Left When Nothing's Left: St. Augustine, Cormac McCarthy, and the Apocalypse J. Thomas Howe 5.Augustine and the Adversary: Strategies of Synthesis in Early Medieval Exegesis Kevin Hughes 6.Augustine on Beauty, Bodies, and the Apocalypse Laurie A. Jungling and Rocki Wentzel 7.Sustaining Hope in Times of Crisis: Spiritual Migration and Sojourn in Augustine's Preaching Kari Kloos 8.Augustine's Messianic Political Theology: An Apocalyptic Critique of Political Augustinianism P. Travis Kroeker 9.The Silenced Millennium and the Fall of Rome: Augustine and the Year 6000 AM I Richard Landes 10. Moulding the Present: Apocalyptic as Hermeneutics in City of God 21-22 Karla Pollmann 10. Augustine on the End of the World: "Cautious Ignorance" Roland J. Teske, S.J. 11. Augustine on Pagan Demonolatry: Mediation and Apocalypticism in the Opening Books of The City of God Gregory Wiebe Bibliographyshow more