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The Perjured City. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1902703
  • August 2008
  • 120 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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At once a compendious expropriation of enormous
diversity and a brisk narrative, this work seeks to
“minimally circumscribe” a pivotal figure in
Western thought, Saint Augustine. In an effort to
satisfy the law of non-contradiction and thereby
preserve God’s omnipotence and justice - two terms
in a configuration of three - Augustine boldly
confronted the third, evil. Resorting to what
were, by judicial norms, even then obsolescent
notions of pollution he instead confounded God with
an all the more inscrutable evil, thereby
consigning Western civilization to a long blind alley
from which it has yet to completely return. Like
that of Blumenberg, Ricouer’s charge that Augustinian
theology is “anti-gnostic gnosticism” is not simply
substantiated here but amplified. Meissner goes
further, suggesting that Augustine’s unforgiving
interpretation of Christianity reduced its adherents
to an incapacity most recognizable in the figure of
the slave; that is, a living nullity, static,
undecidable and human – saved – only and always in
potentia, neither alive to this world nor certain to
gain acceptance in the next.

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Joshua Meissner.
Joshua Meissner lives in New York with his wife, Francesca
Butler, and their children.

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