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Natural Knowledge and Textual Meaning in Augustine's Interpretation of Genesis: The Three Functions of Natural Philosophy (2008)


This chapter explores Aurelius Augustine?s commentaries on Genesis to elucidate the fundamental structures of his thought in interpreting the creation story. It focuses on Augustine in the fifth century rather than on how he was interpreted later, but such a historical limitation may nevertheless afford a sharper picture of his hermeneutics for future comparison with the use made of him in the context of scientific debate. The chapter also explores specifically Augustine?s uses of natural truths and philosophy in his interpretation of Genesis to discern patterns of interaction between natural knowledge and the biblical text. Augustine tells us in the Confessions (5. 11.21) that when he was a Manichee he did not think the Old Testament could be defended against the Manichean criticisms.

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Book Meer, Jitse M. van der; Mandelbrote, Scott (2008) Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: Up to 1700. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Meer, Jitse M. van der
Snobelen, Stephen David
Mandelbrote, Scott
Brown, Robert E.
Harinck, George
Ashley, J. M.
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Natural philosophy
Development of science; change in science
Augustine, Saint
Edwards, Jonathan
Cuvier, Georges
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Newton, Isaac
Spinoza, Baruch
17th century
16th century
Early modern
15th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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