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On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ,9781501326202

On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ

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Format: Hardcover
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.

On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ explores St. Augustine of Hippo's understanding of the nature and root of sin, described as various forms of self-loathing and self-destruction, as well as sin's antidote, a vulnerable relationship with God. Incorporating recent thinking on self-destruction and self-loathing into his reading of Augustine, David Vincent Meconi explores why we are not only allured by sin, but will actually destroy ourselves to attain it, even when that sin will bring us no true pleasure.

Author Biography

David Vincent Meconi, S.J., is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, USA. His recent publications include The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification (2013) and, as editor, The Confessions: Saint Augustine of Hippo (2012) and (co-edited with Eleonore Stump) The Cambridge Companion to Augustine (2014). He is the Editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review.

Table of Contents

1. Graced Evil?
2. “You Shall be Gods”
3. Pears and Power
4. Destroying the Beautiful:
5. Loving by Hating
6. Divine Emptiness and Human Fulfillment
7. Love Never Competes Against Love

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