St. Augustine and Cosmic Redemption

  title={St. Augustine and Cosmic Redemption},
  author={T. E. Clarke},
  journal={Theological Studies},
  pages={133 - 164}
  • T. E. Clarke
  • Published 1958
  • Political Science
  • Theological Studies
I THE contemporary effort to elaborate a theology of the temporal, the name of St. Augustine is frequently enough invoked. Reference is usually made to one or other classic theme: his conception of time and eternity, of uti and frui, scientia and sapientia. His theology of history is discussed, especially in connection with the master idea, the civitas Dei. When consideration focuses more particularly on the theme of cosmic redemption, however, interest in his contribution appears to slacken… Expand


Revue de Vhistoire des religions 140 (1951) 183-86; and the present author's The Eschatological Transformation of the Material World according to Saint Augustine
  • 1956
By way of example
  • Opus imperfectum contra Julianum
Cf. De vera religione 21, 41 (PL 34, 139). 95 "Agnoscite cum ecclesia Dei, quia 'corpus corruptibile aggravat animam
  • De moribus ecclesiae catholicae et de moribus Manichaeorum 1
Compare this with the beautiful passage of
    De civitate Dei 22
      For Augustine cf
      • Adversus haereses 5
      For Augustine's interpretation of the famous Pauline passage, cf. Comely, op. cit
        Neque enim qui est ad similitudinem Dei factus, fieret nisi per peccatum similis vanitati, ut aetatum cursu et mortis incursu, velut umbra dies illius praeterirent
        • Opus imperfectum contra Julianum
        On this disputed question, cf. Portalie