By Joanne McWilliam, Timothy Barnes, Michael A. Fahey, Peter Slater
Joanne Me William used to be professor emerita of spiritual reviews on the college of Toronto. She used to be a pioneer lady within the educational learn of theology, focusing on Patristic reports and across the world famous for her paintings on Augustine. T.D. Barnes is professor emeriti of Classics on the collage of Toronto. Rev. Dr. Michael A. Fahey, S.J. is the Dean Emeritus of the college of Theology on the college of St. Michael’s collage C. Peter Slater is a professor of Divinity at Trinity collage in Toronto, Ontario.
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The word "autobiography," of course, is relatively modern, though not first coined by RohertSouthey in 1809, as the Oxford English Dictionary has it, but, it seerns, by one William Taylor in 1796, asJarnes M. Good has shown. " 19 This is the ntionale behind Frye's call in' confession autohiQ&raphical and his tmcini its oriiins to Augustine's Confessiom. o snphy, but also predates Augustine. Western literature possesses any number of pre-Augustinian texts which might rightly be called confessional, many of which are not only not autobiographies, but not even autobiographical in any save the loosest of senses.
However, here be has obviously adopted a new and different approoch. And what ii this God? h and it answen:d: "I am not he"; and aU things that are in the earth made the same confession. Anaximenet wa' wrong: I am not God... rona: about the gateways oflhe senses: ~ell me otmy God~ since you are not he. made us ... My question was my gazing upon them and their answer was their beauty. And you, who are you?.. And I answttcd: "A Qlan. ; Slater, Peter. Augustine: From Rhetor to Theologian. Waterloo, ON, CAN: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1992.
Rooounced before the authorities, is the model of forensic: confession tQ which the Christian is called in discipleship (Mt. 3z; U<. 22; 1242), andal$0 the ba5ic constituent in the litufiPcal and cui~ an. t and ordination. 4 ' What is more, these several inter-related senses of confession are very much a matter of public ecclesiastical record. By the time the Coundl of Nicaea of 3ZS is over, for example, Christians have not only a working S~'$tem of graded penance for readmitting the lapsed - including a provision for giving the viar~m to death-b<:d confesson- but also, as John H.
Augustine: from rhetor to theologian by Joanne McWilliam, Timothy Barnes, Michael A. Fahey, Peter Slater