This Unit provides a forum for the historical and constructive study of issues relating to the thought of Augustine, including how it was received in various eras and how it might be a resource for religious thought today.
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Augustine and Augustinianisms Unit
Call for Proposals
• Augustine and Christian Theologies of Jewish Protections
In her Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism, Paula Fredriksen traced the ways that Augustine came to construct a Christian theology of Judaism, one that eventually preserved a social space for Jews as a religious minority in the post-Roman West. This theology contrasted in telling ways from Augustine’s principled opposition to dissident Christians and to traditional Mediterranean cult. Papers are, first of all, invited from all disciplines employing a wide range of methodologies to examine what resources are available either in Augustine or his later interpreters to ensure Jewish flourishing. Papers are also welcomed on the limits and shortcomings of the Augustinian tradition in this regard and about times in which his theological reasoning failed to persuade or protect. Paula Fredriksen will respond to accepted papers and reflect upon her work a decade after its appearance.
• James K. A. Smith on Augustine in the 21st Century
Co-Sponsored Session with SBL Contextualizing North African Christianity Unit. An interview with James K. A. Smith on the questions raised by his bestselling On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts (Brazos, 2019). Smith takes Augustine as his guide to problems that perplexed Augustine and still challenge us such as ambition, sex, friendship, faith, freedom, justice, parenting, and death. While explaining his own journey in the footsteps of Augustine, Smith will also explore further how others may do the same in our time. Papers are not invited for this session.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Michael Cameron, University of PortlandMember Since: 2018
Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova UniversityMember Since: 2017
John Kenney, Saint Michael's CollegeMember Since: 2016
Michael Lamb, Wake Forest UniversityMember Since: 2019
Willemien Otten, University of ChicagoMember Since: 2015
Sarah Stewart-Kroeker, University of GenevaMember Since: 2016