„Augustin pentru … profesori, poeți și pastori”

Îi mulțumesc prietenului meu, pastorul Viorel Clintoc jr., pentru semnalarea acestui text. Ca unul care mi-am petrecut șapte ani alături de Augustin, am citit cu nesaț ce spune Carl Trueman și aștept cu ochii lărgiți cartea lui Matthew Levering.

I remember the first time I read Augustine. I was a final year undergraduate at Cambridge on the Classical tripos but taking the course, Christian Life and Thought to A.D. 451 from outside my faculty. Those were the days: university courses could actually use the term ‘A.D.’ to refer to exactly the same start date as ‘C.E.’ but without risk of being accused of oppressing anybody and thus standing on a line of obvious continuity with every crime against humanity of the last 500 years. A lost age of almost unimaginable Eloi-style innocence, untouched by the Morlockean mindset of political correctness.

On this course, I had to read the Confessions. The experience was profound. Here was a psychological autobiography which seemed to speak directly to my own life. Of course, the times and places were different, but the analogies so close that, when I put the book down, I felt that I understood myself somewhat better than when I had picked it up.
The pears incident in Book Two is, of course, the moment of Augustinian fall. For all of the emphasis on sex and sin in his work, it is the incident of petty theft which serves to show the depravity of human nature and the fall from grace. Like that of Adam, the crime involves a garden, a tree and forbidden fruit; it involves peer pressure; it is so trivial that every reader can identify with it; it involves no motivation other than the desire to transgress a rule, to assert autonomy (divinity) in the face of established authority; and, given Augustine’s coming to Christ under a tree in another garden, offers a literary device of power and beauty within the narrative which seduces the reader in manifold subtle ways. Who can read the tale and not be drawn into the story – and into the trap – which it sets?  It is a far more eloquent analysis of sin than that found in any dogmatic textbook.
The evangelical world loves psychological struggle but typically of a predictable, conventional, coffee house and navel-gazing type. The Rob Bells and the Donald Millers write the bestsellers, after all, laying out their latte-fuelled musings for all to see. Yet, for all of the flaunting of their „authenticity”, to me they simply look like poseurs, products of the comparative comfort and prosperity of the West.
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Despre Marius David

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