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Traces Of Augustinian ‘Gnosis’ In Julianus Pomperius’ De Vita Contemplativa

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It is generally accepted that Julianus Pomerius and Caesarius of Arles were greatly responsible for the preservation and appreciation of the works of Augustine in the Western Church. The importance of De vita contemplativa precisely lies in the fact that it gives one an idea of how Augustine was interpreted in those times. The Augustinianism displayed in De vita contemplativa is broad, moderate, and thoroughly practical in character. Cognition and learning, even within the sphere of faith, is of special importance to Pomerius: the creature should strive even here to see God intellectually by faith. There are indeed traces of Augustines gnosis visible in Pomeriuswork. In this chapter only the knowledge aspect received attention, although it seems at first sight that Pomerius Christological disposition in De vita contemplativa also shows gnostic traits. However, this still has to be researched.

Keywords: Augustinian gnosis; De vita contemplativa; Julianus Pomerius



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