1st Edition

Augustine and Contemporary Social Issues

Edited By Paul L. Allen Copyright 2022
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    Paul Allen

    I Human Nature and Contemporary Fallenness

    1. On the Alleged Empirical Verifiability of the Doctrine of Original Sin

    Jesse Couenhoven

    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

    Mark Scott

    II Augustine and Politics

    4. Truth, Lies, and Politics: Augustine and Havel on the Problem of Civic Integrity and "Living in Truth"

    Mary Keys

    5. Ye Shall Till Thy Field: The Goodness and Fall of Work in Augustine and Marx

    Michael Giles

    III Augustine and Race

    6. Redeeming Hybridity: Augustine’s Christological Correction of a Postcolonial Category

    David Wilhite

    7. Immigration, Migration, Personhood, and the Body of Christ

    Matthew Drever

    8. Black Lives Matter and the African Bishop

    Burt Fulmer

    IV Augustine and Desire

    9. Mercy for Lucretia: Augustine’s Christian Retelling of a pagan Roman Myth

    Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo

    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

    Timo Nisula


    Paul L. Allen is Academic Dean of Corpis Christi College and Professor of Theology at St. Mark's College in Vancouver, Canada.