2004
Volume 110, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-5275
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1244

Abstract

Abstract

In this article the first traces of Augustine’s desire to be not only a teacher but also, in conjunction with this, a writer of protreptics are pointed out in his and his . Protrepsis and first catechesis need to coincide. In , he advised deacon Deogratias to clarify the Last Judgement and the resurrection of the body. These two doctrines were both a for pagans, and therefore also for . The choice of these doctrines demonstrates Augustine’s attempt to have the deacon adopt a protreptic approach in his first catechesis – possibly without Deogratias even knowing it himself. There was no chance that the beginners would already be truly acquainted with these essential aspects of the Christian view of the world and of the future. As it turns out, the line between protrepsis and catechesis is a very fine one in this case.

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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Augustine; mystagogy; patristics; protreptics; transfer of values
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