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St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa

Borgehammar, Stephan LU (2018) In Studia Homiletica 11. p.273-281
Abstract
Augustine mainly addressed men of the upper and middle classes. Their wives are assumed to be present (and, frequently, to be more pious than their husbands), but are seldom directly addressed. Servants and beggars are not addressed either, but stood to benefit from admonitions to the men in the audience, e.g. that they should give alms regularly and not sexually abuse their subordinates. All this must be understood in terms of the social structure of Roman North Africa.

God is depicted as a parent who through the preacher admonishes his children for the sake of their well-being, in this life and in the next. Key factors in their well-being are that they take part in the life of the Church and that they learn to love virtue more... (More)
Augustine mainly addressed men of the upper and middle classes. Their wives are assumed to be present (and, frequently, to be more pious than their husbands), but are seldom directly addressed. Servants and beggars are not addressed either, but stood to benefit from admonitions to the men in the audience, e.g. that they should give alms regularly and not sexually abuse their subordinates. All this must be understood in terms of the social structure of Roman North Africa.

God is depicted as a parent who through the preacher admonishes his children for the sake of their well-being, in this life and in the next. Key factors in their well-being are that they take part in the life of the Church and that they learn to love virtue more than transitory pleasures.

Focusing on Sermon 9, "On the then strings of the harp", the paper identifies two paradoxes and one ultimate promise. The paradox of sin depends on the paradox of God being both just and merciful. To love God is to strive for justice and plead for mercy, at the same time. The paradox of salvation entails that the dead are alive to Christ, and that it is possible to store up treasure in heaven by giving away money on earth.

The ultimate promise in the sermon is that God's image can be renewed in every human being, with the concomitant promise of an eternal sabbath to be enjoyed in the hereafter. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Artikeln analyserar hur Augustinus i Sermo 9 hanterar människolivets paradoxer och svårigheter i relation till Guds löfte om evigt liv.
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Augustinus som paradoxens och löftets predikant i det tidiga 400-talets Nordafrika
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published
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Augustine, History of preaching, Sermons
host publication
Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life
series title
Studia Homiletica
editor
Cilliers, Johan ; Hansen, Len ; and
volume
11
article number
31
pages
9 pages
publisher
African SUNMedia
ISBN
978-1-928314-47-9
978-1-928314-48-6
DOI
10.18820.9781928314486
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English
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yes
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75b63236-345e-487f-96ef-f04fc513996f
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  abstract     = {Augustine mainly addressed men of the upper and middle classes. Their wives are assumed to be present (and, frequently, to be more pious than their husbands), but are seldom directly addressed. Servants and beggars are not addressed either, but stood to benefit from admonitions to the men in the audience, e.g. that they should give alms regularly and not sexually abuse their subordinates. All this must be understood in terms of the social structure of Roman North Africa.<br/><br/>God is depicted as a parent who through the preacher admonishes his children for the sake of their well-being, in this life and in the next. Key factors in their well-being are that they take part in the life of the Church and that they learn to love virtue more than transitory pleasures.<br/><br/>Focusing on Sermon 9, "On the then strings of the harp", the paper identifies two paradoxes and one ultimate promise. The paradox of sin depends on the paradox of God being both just and merciful. To love God is to strive for justice and plead for mercy, at the same time. The paradox of salvation entails that the dead are alive to Christ, and that it is possible to store up treasure in heaven by giving away money on earth.<br/><br/>The ultimate promise in the sermon is that God's image can be renewed in every human being, with the concomitant promise of an eternal sabbath to be enjoyed in the hereafter.},
  author       = {Borgehammar, Stephan},
  booktitle    = {Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life},
  editor       = {Cilliers, Johan and Hansen, Len},
  isbn         = {978-1-928314-47-9},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {273--281},
  publisher    = {African SUNMedia},
  series       = {Studia Homiletica},
  title        = {St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.18820.9781928314486},
  doi          = {10.18820.9781928314486},
  volume       = {11},
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