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Chapter Three. The Gift of Destiny and the Language of Dispossession

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The beauty of Gottschalk's poetry notwithstanding, predestination was not destined to trigger the creative impulse. The fact that in Gottschalk's case it did, can be explained by the concept of gemina praedestinatio which was to remain an exception to the rule. This chapter deals with the presence of time within the flux and form of Augustinian discourse. It then focuses on the ninth century monk Gottschalk. In his Baptism and Change peter Cramer traces the "diminishment of baptism" in the Carolingian period: the transformation of the sacrament from the subtle theatricality of its biblico-liturgical context into a magical means of control.

Keywords:Augustine; Gottschalk


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