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Augustine’s Doctrine of Predestination: A Semiotic Analysis

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This chapter shows how the general characteristics take shape in particular contexts, by examining in semiotic terms the transformation at work within the particular context of the preaching of the doctrine of predestination. The restoration of triadicity occurs concretely in particular contexts in which vague signs define one another dialogically, in contrast with a situation of general definition. In the semiotic terms, the congregation becomes a sign, not of God, but of the doctrine of predestination. In other words, the preacher treats the congregation as an object of enjoyment, giving it a fixed, finite signification. The last section has more than successfully established that Augustine's advice to the preacher of predestination can be read in terms of his uti/ frui distinction, which means in terms of the redemptive transformation of semiosis. Semiotic analysis once more highlights why an indexical analysis was more successful than a performative one.

Keywords: congregation; doctrine; predestination; redemptive transformation; semiotic analysis



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