HUM 2 Lecture 10 - Lecture 10 April 29, 2010 I. Hero in...

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Lecture 10 April 29, 2010 I. Hero in Milan a. Excommunication i. Used to keep one from communicating with the church, which Ambrose used on the Emperor after burning down the church b. Augustine was a teacher of a school i. His students paid him, and he went to the church to hear Ambrose who had had a reputation as a great speaker, saying that Ambrose was enjoyable though he didn’t care about the subject matter ii. Language holds a content which embeds into your mind iii. Augustine wrote a Theory of Language iv. Catholic means universal, applying to the Roman Catholic church after the 16 th century v. Ambrose defended Christianity but didn’t prove it, after studying Plato, trying to find truth, and Christianity did not operate that way c. It suspended Augustine between belief and non-belief i. He couldn’t get it to work, or put it together to make it seem right, and identified the key problem: there was no philosophically acceptable explanation of the notion that the blood and the body of Christ was present in the church, that Christians viewed as the center of their celebration ii. Was suspended in skepticism, not the same as a simple rejection iii. He recounts that he starts to search for God failing to find God in himself d. Men are made in the image of God i. You must understand yourself to understand God ii. The faith is on the inside, because God in undiscoverable out there e. God is light i. By the time he wrote the book, he had read the new testament, using the gospel of John ii. He was in the dark looking for the light f. Monica has followed him to Italy i. Monica was the Dido figure, following Augustine going beyond the pattern of the Aeneid ii. Aeneid is to be absorbed into something bigger, which is made clear through Monica following him to Italy iii. His story goes beyond Aeneas’ story iv. Monica is offering Augustine up on a funeral pyre to God, much like the death of Dido, but it is reversed because Augustine is playing the part of Dido on the funeral pyre, even though he sees himself as Aeneas v. Augustine is in this state because he is the one that is loved and bereft because he has not found God, so the connection is between man and God g. He goes back to Ambrose i. Augustine brings up questions, and asks those that are the best representatives of that idea, and goes to Ambrose to challenge him ii. He sees Ambrose sitting quietly and reading to himself 1. This is revolutionary thing for the time because the act of sitting by oneself was unheard of, you usually read it out loud 2. The reason was the way they wrote the text, because the words were not separated, making it easier to read aloud 3. Reading to the self was because it was an internal reading, make it an act of the spirit, while reading aloud is an act of the body 4. This stops Augustine, telling Augustine that the place to find God is on the inside h. He starts to go to church regularly, and starts listening to Ambrose
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i. Augustine listens to Ambrose explicate the passages, teaching him how to read the
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HUM 2 Lecture 10 - Lecture 10 April 29, 2010 I. Hero in...

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