Augustinian Studies 53 (1):69-90 (2022)

This article demonstrates the intersection of Augustine’s pedagogy and theology through a case study of his threats of divine judgment in catechesis. Augustine’s use of this rhetorical device resists recent scholarship that has sought to ameliorate Augustine’s vision of hell. Augustine’s cataplexis in the catechumenate elucidates the practical side of his mature theological reflections on hellfire and eternal damnation: why catechists should utilize fear as an act of love, how fear cannot cause salvation in and of itself, and how in the faithful, general fear is refined to shed servile fear, that avoids the bad, in favor of chaste fear, that seeks the good. Augustine’s view of love and teaching prove to be intimately intertwined with his vision of fear and an eternal hell.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  History of Philosophy  Major Philosophers  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/augstudies202221470
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