That They May Learn What They Desire: Latin Pneumatology from Cassian to Gregory the Great Open Access

Humphries, Jr., Thomas Lee (2011)

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This dissertation argues that Latin pneumatology of the 5th and 6th centuries articulates various processes for the reformation of desire. Study of pneumatology from this perspective reveals two additional facets of the history of the theology of the Holy Spirit. There is development of what I call "ascetic pneumatology," and the reception of Augustine's theology was varied to the extent that we should speak of different "Augustinianisms" already in the 5th and 6th centuries.

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I. Cassian's Catholic Ascetic Pneumatology

II. Cassian's Ascetic Synthesis: the Spirit in Love and Contemplation

III. Ascetic Pneumatology for the Laity

IV. Led by the Spirit: Augustinian Responses to Pelagianism and Predestination

V. Off the Map at Lérins: an Augustinian Response to Arianism

VI. Displaced Ascetics: Fulgentius and Maxentius, an Augustinian Synthesis

VII. Dialogue of Desire: Gregory's Ascetic Pneumatology

VIII. The Spirit in Contemplation and Allegory


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