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Eternity Creates And Redeems Time: A Key To Augustine's Confessions Within A Theology Of History

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Father Crouse’s retrievals of Augustine and other Patristic authors are sure guides to the wisdom their writings communicate for those who are open to being questioned and challenged by them. Father Crouse does not distort ancient texts through modern or postmodern prejudices. This chapter explores some of the depths contained in the quotation of Father Crouse relative to Augustine’s notion of eternity and time as a key to his Confessions, situating them within a theology of history. It commences with a caution to contemporary readers, in which the sense of reality in Augustine’s Confessions is contrasted with that in the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It outlines Augustine’s ascent to truth as interpersonal presence. It then analyzes Augustine’s notion of eternity and time as a key to the unity of the Confessions. The chapter concludes by sketching the implications of Augustine’s understanding of eternity and time for his theology of history.

Keywords: Augustine; Confessions; eternity; Father Crouse; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; theology of history; time



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