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Augustine and the cure of souls : revising a classical ideal

Author: Paul R Kolbet
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, ©2010.
Series: Christianity and Judaism in antiquity, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Named Person: Augustine, of Hippo Saint; Augustine, of Hippo Saint
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul R Kolbet
ISBN: 9780268033217 0268033218
OCLC Number: 351313245
Description: xviii, 342 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Rhetoric and Christian identity in the Roman Empire : sources and method --
A classical ideal --
Classical therapy : its origins, tasks, and methods --
Psychagogy as a cultural ideal --
Psychagogy in its classical form --
Hellenistic refinements --
Cures for the Roman soul --
The psychagogic value of ancient texts --
Revising and recontextualizing classical therapy --
Augustine's early formation --
An ambitious young orator --
Being healed by beautiful words --
Christianizing classical therapy --
Christian philosophy and the cure of soul --
Christ's inner and outer rhetoric --
A new context for classical therapy --
Ordination crisis --
Controversies over the cure of soul --
Signs eliciting love --
Exegetical integration --
Teaching the uninstructed --
Augustine's homiletical practice --
The Christian rhetor --
Continuity amid discontinuity --
Critical skills --
Constructive guidance --
Therapy and society --
The incarnate word and community.
Series Title: Christianity and Judaism in antiquity, v. 17.
Responsibility: Paul R. Kolbet.

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