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On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law,9781501314049

On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 10/5/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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The Reading Augustine series presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars.

Todd Breyfogle's On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law introduces readers to Augustine's understanding of law as an arena in which the possibilities of creative freedom are reconciled with the needs of natural and civil order. It places Augustine's conception of law in the broader mosaic of his ideas about how human beings are bound together individually, socially, and spiritually. Seasoned readers of Augustine will see this fundamental element of his thought in a different light, even as those less familiar with Augustine are introduced to the thrill of following how he makes sense of the complexities of nature, history, and the human spirit.

Author Biography

Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars at the Aspen Institute, USA. He has lectured at universities in the USA and abroad and in 2012 was elected to the Senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest honors society in the USA. Dr. Breyfogle is editor emeritus of The American Oxonian, the quarterly publication of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern (1999), and is co-editor, with Gillian Clark and Karla Pollman, of Augustine's City of God: A Commentary (5 vols, forthcoming).

Table of Contents

1. Prelude
2. Echoes of Creation
3. Interlude
4. Righteousness Unbound
5. The Arc of Justice and the Arrow of Beauty
6. Interlude
7. The Music of the Word
8. The Law of Liberty and the Law of Love
9. Postlude

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