CVSP 205 Oct.19, 2015 George Sabra. St Augustine in his study by Sandro Boticelli (1480)

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CVSP 205 Oct.19, 2015 George Sabra Slide 2 St Augustine in his study by Sandro Boticelli (1480) Slide 3 Slide 4 Human happiness and dignity come from obedience to the universal law. Nothing can be good for a man unless it helps to make him just, self-disciplined, courageous and independent; and nothing bad unless it has the contrary effect. (Meditations Bk. 8) Slide 5 Mithraism (Mithras was a Persian and Indian sun-god). All creatures believed to have sprung from the bull which Mithras slew before ascending into heaven. Initiation into its mysteries guaranteed a member immortality and blessedness. Slide 6 Mani the prophet (ca. 216-276) A combination of Oriental, Persian and Christian ideas and teachings Goal of religion: liberating man from the chains of Satan and darkness which are embedded in the physical world A dualistic interpretation of ultimate reality Slide 7 One God: All-Good, All-Powerful Creator out of Nothing Jesus: the presence of God among human beings; perfect man and perfect God. Church: the community of believers in Jesus New Testament: the memory of Jesus, his words and deeds, and the early communitys interpretation of his person and teachings Trinity: One God in three real ways of being the same God: Father/Creator Son/Savior Spirit/Sanctifier Slide 8 Slide 9 Slide 10 Mani the prophet Mani the prophet Slide 11 Plato Slide 12 Jesus the Christ Slide 13 Faith and Reason Western Christian mysticism Shaper of Catholicism and Protestantism Doctrine of original sin Synthesis of Plato and Christianity Discoverer of the subconscious? Anticipates Freud Slide 14 Books I-IX: a form of autobiography until his mothers death. X-XIII: Augustine as expositor of the Bible; Neoplatonic analysis of memory, time, creation, exegesis of Genesis I