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CHHT 339     Augustine of Hippo: Self and Society  (3)

A seminar engaging two of Augustine's civilization-altering books: The Confessions and The City of God. Augustine's assessment of the cultures in which he was raised and their inadequacy for sustaining human life, and his exposition of a radical alternative in the life of the Trinity, raise acute political and social as well as personal issues. The primary focus of the course is a close literary and theological reading of major portions of Augustine's text in translation (students who read Latin are encouraged to work with the original). Secondary readings, biographical, sociopolitical, theological, and feminist, help widen and sharpen the questions brought to the texts. Prerequisite: HIST 100 and one course in philosophy or religion; or the interdisciplinary humanities sequence.