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The concubinage of St. Augustine
The concubinage of St. Augustine

Author(s): Józef Łupiński
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Law
Published by: Kuria Metropolitalna Białostocka
Keywords: Augustine of Hippo; Roman law; Christianity in the antiquity; concubinage; marriage;

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the problem of the concubinage on the example of Augustine - the later Bishop of Hippo and Doctor of the Church. After several years of informal relationship with a woman, an extremely intense and dramatic experience - this great oracle in the making, a former Manichaean, dismisses her and gradually enters the path of conversion. The baptism by Archbishop Ambrose in Milan becomes the key event in his life. From then on, he definitely follows the path of Christianity. He is elected the Bishop of Hippo. Like a zealous shepherd, in his numerous sermons, treatises, and disputes, he fights for the orthodoxy of the Church. One of his interests is the Catholic teaching on the marriage, based on the foundation of faith, whose values are progeny, fidelity and the sacrament itself. Many point out that in the presentation of his teaching on the marriage, he has benefited from the painful and traumatic experience of his own concubinage.

  • Issue Year: 35/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 261-279
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English