Life in the Spirit: Trinitarian Grammar and Pneumatic Community in Hegel and Augustine

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Life in the Spirit: Trinitarian Grammar and Pneumatic Community in Hegel and Augustine

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Since the nineteenth century, many philosophical and theological commentators have sought to trace lines of continuity between the Trinitarian thought of Augustine of Hippo (354-430) and G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831). Many contemporary Christian theologians have also criticized Augustine s Trinitarian theology generally and his doctrine of the Holy Spirit more specifically through this historical lens. At the same time, Hegelian Trinitarian conceptual dynamics have come to exert a strong influence over contemporary Trinitarian theology.

In Life in the Spirit, Douglas Finn seeks to redress several imbalances with respect to Augustine, imbalances that have one of their hermeneutic causes in a Hegelian-influenced theological tradition. Finn argues that common readings of Augustine focus too much on his De Trinitate, books 8-15, betraying a modern–and to some extent Hegelian–prejudice against considering sermons and biblical commentaries serious theological work. This broa