Latest Publications on Augustine and the Augustinian order

Severin Valentinov KITANOV, Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates : The complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter Lombardhet diakonaat (Utrechtse studies 17) (Plymouth : Lexington books, 2014), XIX-285 p. (ISBN: 978-0-7391-7415-9)
beatific  Kitanov argues that Augustine introduced the notion of beatific enjoyment into theology, and builds on this to argue that Augustine’s distinction between enjoyment and use is his primary gift to the medieval discussion. The reason this distinction becomes so prominent is because of Lombard’s appropriation of it in his Sentences, and the primacy of his text propagated this distinction far and wide in medieval disputation. The commentaries on the Sentences served to establish the distinction between enjoyment and use as fundamental to the notion of the beatific vision. This not only helped to guide a certain understanding of eternity, but more importantly, oriented the discussion around anthropology, as theologians attempted to describe what it meant to enjoy and desire.

In his De Doctrina Christiana, Augustine develops his distinction between enjoyment and use. Kitanov notes that the enjoyment/use distinction connects Augustine’s ontology with his ethics, such that it addresses how the human person can subjectively relate to the objective order of reality. This connection with ethics will be carried through into the medieval debates. To enjoy or use something appropriately is to relate to reality as it was meant to be related to. Only God is meant to be enjoyed and not used. The problem is that fallen persons enjoy God’s creation and seek to use God to fulfill themselves. This is not to say that there is not enjoyment in God’s creation, or that all enjoyment that is not aimed solely at God is somehow idolatrous. Rather, it is within our enjoyment of God that we can enjoy ourselves, others and God’s world. It is only as we come to know and love things according to God’s own purpose and design that we come to enjoy properly. This distinction created the contours for medieval debate. How one enjoys God, what it means to enjoy something, as well as the nature and contingency of this enjoyment, become key points of debate. Lombard, therefore, baptized this distinction for medieval theology by giving prominence to the distinction for his Sentences. By organizing his Sentences according to Augustine’s distinction, he made it one of the most important distinctions for medieval theology.

AUGUSTINUS, Confessions, books 1-8 (Loeb Classical Library 26) (Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2014), lxv-413 p. (ISBN: 978-0-6749-9685-4)
Confessions Loeb  
AUGUSTINUS (aut), uLes commentaires des psaumes : ps. 32-36 (Oeuvres de Saint Augustin : Série 8 : Enarrationes : 58/B) (Paris : Études augustiniennes 2014, 632 p. (ISBN: 978-2-85121-270-2)
commentaires psaumes 32-36  
Bart KOET, Augustinus over diakens : zijn visie op het diakonaat (Utrechtse studies 17) (Almere : Parthenon, 2014), XI-420 p. (ISBN: 978-90-7957-870-2)
diakonaat “Het bisdom van de invloedrijke Augustinus van Hippo laat goed zien welke belangrijke rollen diakens speelden in de communicatie binnen de vroege kerk. Door alle teksten waarin Augustinus spreekt over het diakonaat na te gaan en te ordenen, neemt Bart Koet ons mee op een archeologische zoektocht door het ‘world wide web’ van Augustinus. Het resultaat is een boek met frisse ideeën over vormen van leiderschap binnen de kerk, maar ook daarbuiten. Zo blijkt gevoel voor humor en het gebruik van de juiste communicatiemiddelen van groot belang voor succesvol leren.” 
John M. RIST, Augustine deformed: love, sin and freedom in the Western moral tradition (New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014), XI-420 p. (ISBN: 978-1-107-07579-5)
Augustine deformed “Augustine established a moral framework that dominated Western culture for more than a thousand years. His partly flawed presentation of some of its key concepts (love, will and freedom), however, prompted subsequent thinkers to attempt to repair this framework, and their efforts often aggravated the very problems they intended to solve. Over time, dissatisfaction with an imperfect Augustinian theology gave way to increasingly secular and eventually impersonal moral systems. This volume traces the distortion of Augustine’s thought from the twelfth century to the present and examines its consequent reconstructions. John M. Rist argues that modern philosophies should be recognized as offering no compelling answers to questions about the human condition and as leading inevitably to conventionalism or nihilism. In order to avoid this end, he proposes a return to an updated Augustinian Christianity. Essential reading for anyone interested in Augustine and his influence, Augustine Deformed revitalizes his original conception of love, will and freedom.” 
Cornelius MAYER, Christof MÜLLER (eds), Gunthram FÖrster (clb), Augustinus : Bildung, Wissen, Weisheit Beiträge des VI. Würzburger Augustinus-Studientages am 6. Juni 2008 (Res et signa 8; Cassiciacum 39.8) (Würzburg : Augustinus bei echter, 2011) 165 p. (ISBN: 978-3-429-04177-9)
Augustinus Bildung - Wissen - Weisheit INHALT :Theodor SEIDL: “Sinnlosigkeit oder Sinn? Begrenztheit menschlicher Erkenntnis und Effizienz kosmischer Abläufe in der Gegenüberstellung des Eröffnungsgedichts Kohelet 1,4-11″ (p. 15-28)
Michael ERLER: “Sokrates als religiöser Erzieher. Anmerkungen zum Sokratesbild bei Augustinus” (p. 29-48)
Therese FUHRER: “‹Usus iustus – usus christianus›. Augustinus zum ‹rechten› Umgang mit paganem Bildungswissen” (p. 49-68)
Andreas SPEER: “Sapientia christiana – Augustinus und die longue durée einer christlichen Weisheit” (p. 69-90)
Andreas DÖRPINGHAUS: “Quid est ergo tempus? Zeit und Bildung bei Augustinus” (p. 91-97)
Cornelius MAYER: “Doctrina” (= Augustinus-Lexikon 2, 534-551)
Cornelius MAYER: “Eruditio” (= Augustinus-Lexikon 2, 1098-1114)
Richard C. Taylor, David Twetten & Michael Wreen (eds), Tolle lege : essays on Augustine & on medieval philosophy in honor of Roland J. Teske, SJ) (Milwaukee : Marquette university press, 2011) 364 p. (ISBN: 978-0-87462-807-4)
Tolle lege cover With his clear and accessible prose, impeccable scholarship, and balanced judgment, Roland Teske, SJ, has been an influential and important voice in Medieval Philosophy for more than thirty years. This volume brings together more than a dozen essays on central metaphysical and theological themes in Augustine and other medieval thinkers. The authors are noted scholars who draw upon Teske’s work, reflect on it, go beyond it, and at times even disagree with it, but always in a spirit of respectful co-operation, and always with the aim of getting at the truth.”Table of contents
Paul R. KOLBET, Augustine and the cure of souls : revising a Classical ideal (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity series 17) (Notre Dame : University of Notre Dame, 2010) XVIII-342 p. (ISBN: 978-0-268-03321-7)
Augustine and the cure of souls “This study situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. The author uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine’s thought, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his final acts as bishop, revealing a man deeply indebted to the Roman past and yet distinctly Christian. Rather than supplanting this classical learning, Augustine’s Christianity reinvigorated precisely those elements of Roman wisdom that he believed were slipping into decadence. [...] This book offers a fresh reading of Augustine’s writings – particularly his numerous, though often neglected, sermons – and provides an illuminating point of entry into the great North African bishop’s life and thought.”
Brian DOBELL, Augustine’s intellectual conversion : the journey from Platonism to Christianity (Cambridge : CUP, 2009) XVII-250 p. (ISBN: 978-0-521-51339-5)
Augustine platonism “This book examines Augustine’s intellectual conversion from Platonism to Christianity, as described at Confessions 7.9.13-21-17. It is widely assumed that this occured in the summer of 386, shortly before Augustine’s volitional conversion in the garden at Milan. Brian Dobell argues, however, that Augustine’s intellectual conversion did not occur until the mid 390s, and develops this claim by comparing Confessions 7.9.13-21.27 with a number of important passages and themes from Augustine’s early writings. He thus invites the reader to consider anew the problem of Augustine’s conversion in 386: was it to Platonism or Christianity? His original and important study will be of interest to a wide range of readers in the history of philosophy and the history of theology.”
Luis Marín de San Martín (OSA), Los agustinos : orígenes y espiritualidad (Roma : Institutum Historicum Augustinianum, 2009) (Studia augustiniana historica 16), 311 p. (ISBN: 978-90-5573-915-8)
Los agostinos : orígenes y espiritualidad This fine new Spanish publication from friar Luis Marín de San Martin on the augustinian order focuses on the origin of the augustinians and their spirituality. The book is divided into four chapters:I. Sobre la pervivencia del monacato agustiniano (p. 29-82)II. El mundo de los mendicantes (p. 83-139)III. Los agustinos (p. 141-194)IV. Espiritualidad de la orden de san Agustín (p. 195-242)
Wim Sleddens (vert.), Aurelius Augustinus : Belijdenissen (Budel : Damon, 2009) 351 p. (ISBN: 978-90-5573-915-8)
Sleddens - Augustinus' Belijdenissen De augustijn Wim Sleddens is er in geslaagd om met zijn nieuwe Nederlandse vertaling van Augustinus’ Belijdenissen een aangename, verfrissende en getrouwe tekst te creëren. Zij zal ongetwijfeld een heel nieuwe generatie van religieus zoekende mensen ten zeerste aanspreken, omdat deze vertaling het bekeringsverhaal van Augustinus zo herkenbaar maakt. Tegelijkertijd laat Wim Sleddens ook de diepte en rijkheid van de tekst onaangetast. Door vanuit zijn pastorale bekommernis én als theoloog dit beroemde werk te vertalen, heeft hij het tijdloze verhaal van Augustinus’ bewogen bekeringsweg nieuw leven ingeblazen in ons taalgebied.
Henry Chadwick, Augustine of Hippo : a life (Oxford : OUP, 2009) XX-177 p. (ISBN: 978-0-19-956830-7)
Chadwick Augustine A life Augustine’s intellectual development is recounted with clarity and warmth in this newly rediscovered biography of Augustine, as interpreted by the acclaimed church historian, the late Professor Henry Chadwick. Augustine’s intellectual journey from schoolboy and student to Bishop and champion of Western Christendom in a period of intense political upheaval, is narrated in Chadwick’s characteristically rigorous yet sympathetic style. With a foreword reflecting on Professor Chadwick’s distinctive approach to Augustine by Professor Peter Brown.
Johannes Hellebrand (edt), Augustinus als Richter (Res et Signa 5) (Cassiciacum 39/5) (Würzburg : Augustinus-Verlag bei echter, 2009), 191 p. (ISBN: 978-3-429-04172-4)This publication brings together in the German language several contributions which have been published in the past on the theme of Augustine as episcopal judge. It provides in this way an insight into a matter which has rarely been at the centre of attention : how the great theologian Augustine went about in his day-to-day business as administrator of justice.
Augustinus - Echter Verlag 01 Vorwort (Johannes Hellebrand) (p. 9-20)
Agostino Pugliese – Der hl. Augustinus als Richter : ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der “episcopalis audientia” (p. 21-59)
Cornelius Mayer – Legitimation des Rechts bei Augustinus (p. 60-83)
Kauko K. Raikas – Audientia episcopalis : Problematik zwischen Staat und Kirche (p. 84-105)
Eva-Maria Kuhn – Rechtsprechung durch den Bischofsrichter. Augustin und die Umsetzung der göttlichen Gerechtigkeit in der Praxis (p. 106-155)
Anhang : Latin text of Epistula 1*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 14*, 24* and two excerpts from Augustinus-lexikon : “Audientia episcopalis” (by Charles Munier) and “Iudex” (by Kauko K. Raikas) (p. 158-180).
Cornelius Mayer (edt), Alexander Eisgrub (coll), Gunthram Förster (coll), Augustinus : Ethik und Politik (Res et Signa 4) (Cassiciacum 39/4) (Würzburg : Augustinus-Verlag bei echter, 2009), 309 p. (ISBN: 978-3-429-04174-8)This publication is the written result of two conferences held at Würzburg : “Aspekte der Ethik bei Augustinus” on 11 June 2005 and “Augustinus und die Politik” on 24 June 2006.
Augustinus - Echter02 Teil I : Aspekte der Ethik bei AugustinusCornelius Mayer (Die theozentrische Ethik Augustins), Bernard Heininger (Metamorphosen der Liebe. Die Ethik Jesu und das Ethos der frühen Christen), Friedemann Buddensiek (Augustinus über das Glück), Michael Erler (Die helfende Hand Gottes. Augustins Gnadenlehre im Kontext des kaiserzeitlichen Platonismus), Norbert Fischer (Der menschliche Wille als “causa prima”. Augustins Radikalisierung der Freiheitsproblematik) and Volker Henning Drecoll (Die Bedeutung der Gnadenlehre Augustins für die Gegenwart)Teil II : Augustinus und die Politik
Michael Erler (“Natura extrema vestigia” (civ. 9,12). Sophisctisches und Epikureisches in Augustinus’ “terrena civitas”), Bernard Heininger (“Politische Theologie im Markusevangelium”. Der Aufstieg Vespasians zum Kaiser und der Abstieg Jesu ans Kreuz), Adolf Martin Ritter (Religion und Politik im frühchristlichen Denken bis zu Augustin), Robert Dodaro (Augustine and the possibility of political conscience), and Jürgen Miethke (Papismus und Augustinismus in der politischen Theorie der spätmittelalterlichen Augustiner-Eremiten. Ein Überblick)
Arne Hogrefe, Umstrittene Vergangenheit : Historische Argumente in der Auseinandersetzung Augustins mit den Donatisten (Millenium Studies 24) (Berlin : de Gruyter, 2009), XI-393 p. (ISBN: 978-3-11-020363-9)
Donatist The focus in this study is on the historical arguments used in the Donatist controversy. The introductory chapter deals with Donatism in Augustine’s time. Next, the writings against the grammarian Cresconius and the anti-Donatist letters are analyzed, in which the author explores the historical argumentation. The Conference at Carthage (411) forms the subject matter of the important chapter 5 (p. 153-227). The historical self-understanding of the Donatists and Augustine’s reaction is treated in chapter 6 (p. 228-269). Subsequently, the origin of the Donatist schism is studied, touching upon the several councils dealing with this matter. Finally, in a last chapter, a summary is given and final conclusions are drawn.
Jörg Trelenberg, Augustins Schrift De ordine : Einführung, Kommentar, Ergebnisse (Beiträge zur historischen Theologie 144) (Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2009), X-474 p. (ISBN: 978-3-16-149545-8)
De ordine This book gives an excellent theological and philosophical analysis of Augustine’s early dialogue De ordine, in which Augustine tries to tackle – together with the other participants at Cassiciacum – the difficult question “Whence evil?”
Besides providing a detailed commentary (p. 36-373), the author briefly discusses at the end (p. 375-415) some well-known issues concerning the Cassiciacum dialogues in general, and De ordine in particular: the historicity of the dialogues, Augustine’s abandonment of his worldly ambitions at Cassiciacum, the unity of De ordine, which writings of Plotinus Augustine knew, and the conversion of Licentius as recounted in De ordine in relation to Augustine’s own conversion.
Manfred Svensson, Theorie und Praxis bei Augustin : eine Verhältnisbestimmung (München : Alber, 2009), 255 p. (ISBN: 978-3-495-48360-2)
Theorie und Praxis bei Augustin This is a lightly reworked version of an academic thesis (2007).It contains three chapters:I. Theoretisches und praktisches Wissen.II. Gott, Kosmos und mensliche Praxis.III. Aktives und kontemplatives Leben.Each chapter falls into two sections: “The Antique position” and “Augustine”
Salvino Caruane (edt), TIl-Mara u i-istat : fit-taghlim ta’ Stu Wistin (Gabra ta’ tahdidiet li saru gewwa I-Istitut Agostinjan 2007-2009) (Malta : Provincja Agostinjana, 2009), 320 p. (ISBN: 978-99932-0-725-2)
Il-Mara u l-istat A collection of papers delivered at the Augustinian Institute of Malta between 2007 and 2009.
Half of the articles are written in English: “Saint Augustine on women” (S. Caruana OSA) ; “Saint Augustine on the political state” (S. Caruana OSA) ; “What are women for? Augustine’s answers (Gillian Clark) ; “Saint Augustine : Episcopalis arbiter” (Silvia Meli) ; “A reading of Pelagius’ Commentary on the Letter of Paul to the Romans. Was Pelagius only a moralist or also a theologian? Was the theology of the early Pelagius orthodox?” (Anthony Dupont)
Tarsicius J. van Bavel (aut), Von Liebe und Freundschaft : Augustinus über das christliche Leben (Würzburg : Augustinus bei echter, 2009), 181 p. (ISBN: 978-3-429-04173-1)
Von Liebe und Freundschaft This book is a reworked edition by Raimund Klinke, of the acclaimed book by T.J. van Bavel, Christ in dieser Welt – Augustinus zu Fragen seiner und unserer Zeit. (This itself is a German translation by Manfred Jasper of the Dutch original: Augustinus : van liefde en vriendschap (Baarn : Het Wereldvenster, 1970)). The book lays bare the depth and sensitivity of knowledge of both saint Augustine and Tars van Bavel about a theme which remained close to their heart throughout their life.
Alexander Y. Hwang, Intrepid lover of perfect grace : the life and thought of Prosper of Aquitaine (Washington : The Catholic University of America press, 2009), XIV-267 p. (ISBN: 978-0-8132-1670-6)
Intrepid Lover of Perfect Grace This is the first biography of Prosper of Aquitaine, an in the past much-neglected saint, who played an important role in the reception of Augustine’s ideas on grace.
Appraisal of Joseph T. Lienhard : “Alexander Hwang has redrawn the picture of Prosper. Hwang’s book will help scholars recast their accounts of how St. Augustine’s teaching was received – or not received – in the century after his death.”
Appraisal of Boniface Ramsey : “Of all those among Augustine’s contemporaries who struggled with his view of grace, Prosper of Aquitaine was surely the most influential.
Constance Dittrich, Norbert Fischer, Erich Naab (eds.) Augustinus. Ein Lehrer des Abendlandes : Einführung und Dokumente (Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009), 136 p. (ISBN: 978-3-447-05923-7)
Augustinusboek Mayer Karla Pollmann, “In ecclesia praesens – Zur Augustinrezeption im 5. und 6. Jahrhundert” (p. 1-14)
Norbert Fischer, “Zum heutigen Streit um Augustinus : sein Werk als Schatz, als Bürde und als Herausforderung des Denkens” (p. 15-41)
Cornelius Mayer, “Grundlagen der Augustinus-Forschung” (p. 33-41)
Klaus Walter Littger und Erich Naab, “Augustinus in Eichstätter Bibliotheken” (p. 43-75)
Oliver Motz, “Original und Originalität : zur digitalen Restauration des ältesten Bildnis des heiligen Augustinus” (p. 77-81)
Constance Dittrich, “Augustinus und sein Nachwirken in den Exponaten der Ausstellung” (p. 83-104)
Katalog (p. 105-136)