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The One Christ

By David Vincent Meconi

Publication Year: 2013

By treating Augustine's passages on deification both chronologically and constructively, Meconi situates Augustine in a long chorus of Christian pastors and theologians who understand the essence of Christianity as the human person's total and transformative union with God.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xx

Deification of the human person is central to how St. Augustine presents a Christian’s new life in Christ. Augustine accordingly presents the Christian life in terms of the Son of God’s becoming human so humans can become God. This transformative union thus allows the Bishop of Hippo to exhort his congregation: ...

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1. Creation as the Unifying Prologue

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pp. 1-33

As our introduction chronicled, critics of Augustine are correct to point out how the degree of communion between God and creation parallels the extent to which a creature can be divinized. In his Saint Augustin, Patric Ranson likewise uses this relationship to argue that the absence of deification in Augustine forbids any union between creator and creature.1 ...

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2. Made to be Godly: The Divine Image Bestowed and Broken

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pp. 34-78

Understanding the imago Dei is crucial to unlocking Augustine’s theology of deification. This chapter, accordingly, begins with an analysis of what Augustine means by imago. By focusing on a passage from De Trinitate 7.3.5, we come to see how Augustine locates the divine image in the one creature purposefully made “incomplete,” ...

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3. The Son’s Descent

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pp. 79-134

Our study began with an examination of how Augustine understood the relationship between God and creation. We saw how all contingent being exists only insofar as it imitates the Logos in adhering to the Father. In so doing, creation displays a triadic ontology that is most often explained in terms of existence, essence, ...

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4. The Holy Spirit’s Indwelling

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pp. 135-174

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit within the human soul is an indispensable component of Augustinian deification. Reserving the term deificare for the overt work of the incarnate Son, Augustine nevertheless depicts how the Spirit’s presence renders men and women gods: “not by nature, but are graced to be made and fashioned into gods ...

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5. Ecclesial Reception of the Divine Life

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pp. 175-233

In his centenary address on Augustine at the University of Tübingen, Karl Adam argued that as Augustine grew as a pastor and theologian, he came to see how the sacraments were the necessary agents of unity. As we have seen, Augustine emphasized that it was the Son’s corporeality which drew believers into God. ...

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pp. 234-242

To conclude this work, let us review the preceding arguments and raise some possible ways this thesis might prove advantageous, as well as reveal some questions for further study. These pages have set out to argue that Augustine of Hippo understands humanity’s deification to be the primary purpose of Christian salvation. ...

Appendix: Augustine’s Works

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pp. 243-250

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 251-260

Index of Augustine’s Works

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pp. 261-266

Index of Scripture

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pp. 267-268

General Index

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pp. 269-280

E-ISBN-13: 9780813221281
E-ISBN-10: 0813221285
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813221274
Print-ISBN-10: 0813221277

Page Count: 303
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 861793566
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The One Christ

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  • Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.
  • Deification (Christianity) -- History of doctrines.
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