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Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
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Aug 26, 09

Recommended to Ruthie by: Dr John J Thatamanil

This book elucidates how directly self-narration brings about self-realization. The "personal testimony" of religious conversion occupies a momentous place in the evangelical Christian tradition. The act of narrating an encounter with the divine takes on the characteristics of a creative act. When St. Augustine narrates his "conversion" he brings his feelings, impressions, perceptions about the holy out of the realm of subjectivity and emotion and into a format he can apprehend and use, and consequently share as his testimony.

This book provoked thoughts such as: (1) Narration of a personal divine revelation/encounter is an overt act of creation. (Especially since Augustine's understanding of his conversion changes markedly from the immediate post-conversion period as the matured narrative he offers years later is "re-written"/re-narrated. (2) The narration of one's testimony undergoes revision as its applicability/usefulness/relevance to the believer is recalculated.

It makes for some exciting thought, especially from a phenomenological perspective. This book also welcomes thought such as that of Paul Tillich.
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