Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine's Thought by Sarah Stewart-KroekerPilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine's Thought by Sarah Stewart-Kroeker

Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine's Thought

bySarah Stewart-Kroeker

Hardcover | September 21, 2017

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Augustine's dominant image for the human life is peregrinatio, which signifies at once a journey to the homeland (a pilgrimage) and the condition of exile from the homeland. For Augustine, all human beings are, in the earthly life, exiles from their true homeland: heaven. Only some becomepilgrims seeking a way back to the heavenly homeland, a return mediated by the incarnate Christ. Becoming a pilgrim begins with attraction to beauty. The return journey therefore involves formation, both moral and aesthetic, in loving rightly. This image has occasioned a lot of angst in ethicalthought in the last century or so. Augustine's vision of Christian life as a pilgrimage, his critics allege, casts a pall of groaning and longing over this life in favor of happiness in the next. Augustine's eschatological orientation robs the world of beauty and ethics of urgency. In Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine's Thought, Sarah Stewart-Kroeker elaborates Augustine's understanding of moral and aesthetic formation via the pilgrimage image, which she argues reflects a Christological continuity between the earthly journey and the eschatological homethat unites love of God and neighbor. From the human desire for beauty to the embodied practice of Christian sacraments, Stewart-Kroeker reveals the integrity of Augustine's vision of moral and aesthetic formation, which is essentially the ordering of love. This study develops an Augustinian accountof the relationship between beauty and morality.
Sarah Stewart-Kroeker is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Geneva. Prior to this position, she received her PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and held a research fellowship at the University of British Columbia.
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Title:Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine's ThoughtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:September 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. The Plotinian Heritage of Augustine's Peregrinatio Image2. Christ-Centered Peregrinatio: The Mediated Journey3. Moral Formation in Christ, The Beautiful Beloved4. Beauty, Morality, and The Promise of Happiness5. The Body of Christ: Church as the Site of Formation6. Neighbor-love, Earthly and EschatologicalConclusionBibliography