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5. Providence

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Augustine opens the final book of the City of God with a reflection on a paradox. The author claims that in the Exercises the implications of this more specific formulation of God's provision placed as it is at the book's end are simply intimated. The reference to a God who behaves in the manner of a person at work can be said to present us with a personification. Author argues that they await their development elsewhere, in the texts associated with the Society of Jesus' institutionalization and, more specifically, in its Constitutions. The metaphor of the instrument is found, first, in a series of preparatory drafts for the Society's Constitutions. The authors aim makes its way into the Constitutions, but also to determine what the metaphor's relation to the conception of providence that it evokes can tell us about the instrument mentioned by the Constitutions.

Keywords: City of God; Constitutions; God's provision; providence; Society of Jesus'



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