Paul and Augustine's retrospective self : The relevance of Epistula XXII

In the celebrated conversion scene in Confessions 8.12.29 Augustine mentions Paul's admonitions in Romans 13.13-14 as the text which provided the final scriptural warrant for his renunciation of the world. In the scene that follows, Augustine's friend Alypius takes the subsequent verse, Romans 14.1 as his summons to follow in Augustine's steps. It has been something of a puzzle that for all its importance to Augustine, Romans 13.13-14 scarcely appears in Augustine's works prior to the Confessions. That paucity makes Augustine's use of Romans 13.13-14 in one of his early letters not only curious but critical for an assessment of what he made of this passage outside of the narrative context of the famous conversion scene in Confessions 8.12.28-30. Given all the controversy that has often surrounded Augustine's conversion to Catholic Christianity in 386, the significance of Letter 22 can hardly be overestimated
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,811
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Augustinian Skepticism in Augustine’s Confessions.George Heffernan - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 14:73-86.
Augustine’s Griefs.Paul Helm - 2003 - Faith and Philosophy 20 (4):448-459.
Augustine; a Collection of Critical Essays.R. A. Markus - 1972 - Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books.


Added to PP index

Total views
1 ( #1,517,031 of 2,463,160 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,391 of 2,463,160 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes