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Fast Forward, Or: The Theologico-Political Event In Quick Motion (Miracles, Media, And Multitudes In St. Augustine)

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St. Augustines early definition of miracles is far from rigid, but it has a remarkable precision of its own that is not really affected by its later development, which is marked by revision no less than retraction, attuned as it increasingly is to pragmatic circumstances and perlocutionary effects more than anything else. In The City of God, Augustine writes that God made a world full of innumerable miracles, in sky, earth, airs, and waters, while the earth itself is beyond doubt a miracle greater and more excellent than all the wonders with which it is filled. Augustine inaugurates a line of argument whose multiple motifs and motivations extend all the way through the Middle Ages and up to modern philosophy. The sheer quantity of proliferated images and their ever faster movement reverts into a qualitative leap to which one can adhere in faith or pay no attention.

Keywords: God; Middle Ages; modern philosophy; St. Augustine



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