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Music 201 Chapter 7


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The Decline of Rome
-AD 476
-refer to page 235
-Augustine in Roman North Africa
-Boethius in Ravenna
-writings of both men
Augustine of Hippo
-greatest writer of Christian Latin West
-b. 354 in N. Africa
-"The City of God"
-history had a direction willed by God and that 'in the end' all would be made right as the city of man gave way to the city of God
-one of most influential philosophies of history in western world
Augustine of Hippo and Christianity
-emphasized absolute majesty of God, the immutability of God's will, and the flawed state of the human condition
Augustine of Hippo and theology
-history moves in a straight line in a drirection from its origin in God until it ends, again in God, at consumation o fhistory in the Last Judgement
Agustine of Hippo and self-reflective writing
-"Confessions" - writes of God
-intimate self-scrutiny and inquiry in the significance of life were new
-analysis of his spiritual and intellectual development
3 meanings of "Confessions"

what is it
1. confession of sin
2. act of faith in God
3. confession of praise

-long meditation on hidden grace of God
-beginning of autobiography
-wrote "The Consolation of Philosophy"
"The Consolation of Philosophy"

-avoid self-pity, face troubles with serenity and hope
-human freedom exists
-Christian themes - never actually mentions Christian doctrine
"The Consolation of Philosophy"

-one of the most widely read and influential works of Middle Ages
"The Consolation of Philosophy"

question posed
Q. how canone reconcile human freedom with the notion of al all-knowing God
A. look at the problem from the point of view of God, not from the humna vantage point
-God sees everything at once

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