For the Joy Set Before Us
Augustine and Self-Denying Love
266 pages, 0.00 x 0.00
Hardcover | 9780268028589 | April 2001
Examining how Augustine reconciled self-love and self-denial in a unified Christian love, this book demonstrates the crucial role that continence played in Augustine's teaching, showing it to be more than an attitude toward sexuality; rather it is the operative mode of Augustininan caritas.
Gerald W. Schlabach is professor of theology and director of the Justice and Peace Studies program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is cofounder and executive director of Bridgefolk.
Love is a key theme in Augustine, perhaps the key theme. In this consideration of Augustine's treatment of self-denying love Schlabach (religion and history, Bluffton Coll.) counters the traditional interpretation of Anders Nygren, builds on the work of John Burnaby and Oliver O'Donovan, and considers the question of feminism, critiquing his own Mennonite tradition with regard to the self-denial practiced by women. With a critical eye he tries to understand how Augustine reconciled self-love and self-denial. After studying the relevant texts, Schlabach considers what it would mean to reappropriate Augustine's idea of love in a contemporary context and presents seven theses concerning the relationship between self-love and self-denial. This model of the dialog that can take place when an classic author's thought is brought to bear on contemporary issues is recommended for theological collections and larger public libraries.DAugustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ