Access to God in Augustine's Confessions: Books X-XIII
This is the final volume in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's "Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and ... Show synopsis This is the final volume in Carl G. Vaught's groundbreaking trilogy reappraising Augustine's "Confessions, a cornerstone of Western philosophy and one most influential works in the Christian tradition. Vaught offers a new interpretation of the philosopher as less Neoplatonic and more distinctively Charistian than most interpretters have thought. In this book, he focuses on the most philosophical section of the "Confessions and on how it relates to the previous, more autobiogrtaphical sections. A companion to the previous two volumes, which dealt with Book I-IX, this book can be read either in sequence with or independently of the others. Books X-XIII of the "Confessions begin after Augustine has become Bishop of Hippo and they are separated by more than ten years from the episodes recorded in the previous nine books of the text. This establishes the narrative in the present and speaks to the "believing sons of men." Augustine explores how memory, time, and creation make the journey toward God and the encounter with God possible. Vaught analyzes these conditions in order to unlock Augustine's solutions to familiar philosophical and theological problems. He also tackles the frequently discussed problem of the alleged disconnection between the earlier book and the last four books by showing how Augustine binds experience and reflection together.