Setting rules for becoming Christian: Augustine’s polemical treatise De fide et operibus in context

Résultats de recherche: Contribution à un journal/une revueArticle de revue

Résumé

Le De fide et operibus, écrit à un tournant dans la vie d’Augustin (412-413) contre des adversaires anonymes qui mettaient en doute la nécessité d’une discipline pré-baptismale, fournit un exemple remarquable de l’importance de l’initiation chrétienne en vue de dicter des règles de comportement et de définir l’appartenance chrétienne. L’article suggère qu’il ne faut pas considérer le traité comme une réponse ponctuelle à un problème marginal, mais plutôt le situer
dans le contexte de pratiques divergentes d’initiation : tout comme les écrits de ses adversaires, le traité visait à établir des normes fondées sur une exégèse détaillée de passages faisant autorité. L’article montre ensuite que la position d’Augustin, consistant à mettre en place des règles strictes d’admission pour les convertis et les catéchumènes, se situe en continuité avec l’insistance dans la
production augustinienne plus généralement sur le respect de règles de conduite à la fois pour les catéchumènes et les baptisés. Développant ce qu’Augustin avait progressivement enseigné dans ses sermons et ses ouvrages antérieurs, ce traité, peut-être composé en lien avec la participation régulière d’Augustin à l’instruction des catéchumènes à Carthage, où il séjourne longuement en 412-413, définit comment le catéchuménat doit être organisé et conçu en Afrique tardo-antique et constitue une synthèse fondamentale et méconnue des conceptions de l’évêque d’Hippone.
langue originaleAnglais
Pages (de - à)73-114
Nombre de pages42
journalRevue des Études Augustiniennes
Volume64
Numéro de publication1
Les DOIs
étatPublié - 2018

Empreinte digitale

Treatise
Augustine of Hippo
Opponents
Teaching
Sermons
Admission
Participation
Carthage
Turning Point
Regular
Convert
Late Antique
Exegesis
Continuity
Africa

Citer ceci

@article{fd585c29005741d3beb4cf1a76bd2292,
title = "Setting rules for becoming Christian: Augustine’s polemical treatise De fide et operibus in context",
abstract = "The treatise De fide et operibus, written at a turning point in Augustine’s life (412-413) against unnamed opponents who questioned the necessity of pre-baptismal discipline, provides a remarkable example of the significance of Christian initiation for dictating rules of behaviour and defining Christian membership. Instead of assuming that the work was composed as a one-off reaction to a marginal problem, I argue that the treatise has to be set in a context of diverging practices of initiation and that, like his opponents’ writings, it precisely aimed at establishing norms based on a detailed exegesis of authoritative passages. Moreover, I show that Augustine’s position, aiming at enforcing strict rules of admission for converts and catechumens, has to be set in continuity with Augustine’s broader emphasis on rules of behaviour for catechumens and baptised Christians alike. Expanding on what he had progressively taught in his sermons and earlier works, and perhaps written in connection to his regular participation in the teaching of catechumens in Carthage, where he stayed for some time in 412-413, this treatise, shaping how the catechumenate should be organised and understood in late antique Africa, provides a striking and neglected synthesis of Augustine’s thinking.",
author = "Matthieu Pignot",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.1484/j.rea.5.116532",
language = "English",
volume = "64",
pages = "73--114",
journal = "Revue des {\'E}tudes Augustiniennes",
number = "1",

}

Setting rules for becoming Christian : Augustine’s polemical treatise De fide et operibus in context. / Pignot, Matthieu.

Dans: Revue des Études Augustiniennes, Vol 64, Numéro 1, 2018, p. 73-114.

Résultats de recherche: Contribution à un journal/une revueArticle de revue

TY - JOUR

T1 - Setting rules for becoming Christian

T2 - Augustine’s polemical treatise De fide et operibus in context

AU - Pignot, Matthieu

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - The treatise De fide et operibus, written at a turning point in Augustine’s life (412-413) against unnamed opponents who questioned the necessity of pre-baptismal discipline, provides a remarkable example of the significance of Christian initiation for dictating rules of behaviour and defining Christian membership. Instead of assuming that the work was composed as a one-off reaction to a marginal problem, I argue that the treatise has to be set in a context of diverging practices of initiation and that, like his opponents’ writings, it precisely aimed at establishing norms based on a detailed exegesis of authoritative passages. Moreover, I show that Augustine’s position, aiming at enforcing strict rules of admission for converts and catechumens, has to be set in continuity with Augustine’s broader emphasis on rules of behaviour for catechumens and baptised Christians alike. Expanding on what he had progressively taught in his sermons and earlier works, and perhaps written in connection to his regular participation in the teaching of catechumens in Carthage, where he stayed for some time in 412-413, this treatise, shaping how the catechumenate should be organised and understood in late antique Africa, provides a striking and neglected synthesis of Augustine’s thinking.

AB - The treatise De fide et operibus, written at a turning point in Augustine’s life (412-413) against unnamed opponents who questioned the necessity of pre-baptismal discipline, provides a remarkable example of the significance of Christian initiation for dictating rules of behaviour and defining Christian membership. Instead of assuming that the work was composed as a one-off reaction to a marginal problem, I argue that the treatise has to be set in a context of diverging practices of initiation and that, like his opponents’ writings, it precisely aimed at establishing norms based on a detailed exegesis of authoritative passages. Moreover, I show that Augustine’s position, aiming at enforcing strict rules of admission for converts and catechumens, has to be set in continuity with Augustine’s broader emphasis on rules of behaviour for catechumens and baptised Christians alike. Expanding on what he had progressively taught in his sermons and earlier works, and perhaps written in connection to his regular participation in the teaching of catechumens in Carthage, where he stayed for some time in 412-413, this treatise, shaping how the catechumenate should be organised and understood in late antique Africa, provides a striking and neglected synthesis of Augustine’s thinking.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85056391567&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1484/j.rea.5.116532

DO - 10.1484/j.rea.5.116532

M3 - Review article

VL - 64

SP - 73

EP - 114

JO - Revue des Études Augustiniennes

JF - Revue des Études Augustiniennes

IS - 1

ER -