This book focuses on applying the thought of Saint Augustine to address a number of persistent 21st-century socio-political issues. Drawing together Augustinian ideas such as concupiscence, virtue, vice, habit, and sin through social and textual analysis, it provides fresh Augustinian perspectives on new—yet somehow familiar—quandaries. The volume addresses the themes of fallenness, politics, race, and desire. It includes contributions from theology, philosophy, and political science. Each chapter examines Augustine’s perspective for deepening our understanding of human nature and demonstrates the contemporary relevance of his thought.
Table of Contents
I Human Nature and Contemporary Fallenness
1. On the Alleged Empirical Verifiability of the Doctrine of Original Sin
2. Saint Augustine and the Modern-Day Demon
David Meconi, S.J.
3. Explorations of Emptiness: Spiritual Famine and Fullness in Augustine’s Confessions and Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast
II Augustine and Politics
4. Truth, Lies, and Politics: Augustine and Havel on the Problem of Civic Integrity and "Living in Truth"
5. Ye Shall Till Thy Field: The Goodness and Fall of Work in Augustine and Marx
III Augustine and Race
6. Redeeming Hybridity: Augustine’s Christological Correction of a Postcolonial Category
7. Immigration, Migration, Personhood, and the Body of Christ
8. Black Lives Matter and the African Bishop
IV Augustine and Desire
9. Mercy for Lucretia: Augustine’s Christian Retelling of a pagan Roman Myth
10. The Love of Habits and the Habit of Love: Augustine and Addiction
Paul L. Allen
11. "The Colossal Force of Libido": How Augustine Thought and Preached on Sexual Desire
Paul L. Allen is Academic Dean of Corpis Christi College and Professor of Theology at St. Mark's College in Vancouver, Canada.