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Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The Rhetoric of Augustine's Confessions (Studies in Rhetoric)

Troup, Calvin L.

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ISBN 10: 1570033080 / ISBN 13: 9781570033087
Published by University of South Carolina Press
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Title: Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The ...

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

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Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom invites readers into the text of Augustine's most widely read book to consider if rhetoric conflicts with Christianity and if Christians should condemn and abandon its use. In the Confessions, Augustine seems to answer such questions with an emphatic yes. Through a comprehensive review of the classic text, Calvin L. Troup argues that Augustine does indeed reject the dominant rhetorical tradition of the late Roman Empire, known today as the Second Sophistic. Troup notes, however, that Augustine's rejection of that rhetoric dates from long before his conversion. Troup argues that when Augustine converts, the semiotic integration of time and eternity in the incarnate Christ motivates him to espouse a substantial, practical alternative to the Second Sophistic that is nonetheless a form of rhetoric--a Christian rhetoric.

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Calvin L. Troup is Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric Ph.D. program in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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