Augustine on war and military service by Wynn, Phillip Gerald; Saint Bishop of Hippo. Augustine

By Wynn, Phillip Gerald; Saint Bishop of Hippo. Augustine

Did our glossy knowing of simply conflict originate with Augustine? during this sweeping reevaluation of the facts, Phillip Wynn uncovers a nuanced tale of Augustine's suggestions on struggle and armed forces carrier, and provides us a extra entire and intricate photograph of this significant subject. Deeply rooted within the improvement of Christian suggestion this reengagement with Augustine is key examining

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He wrote in the foreword: The goal of the present work is to show that there was in the Middle Ages a doctrine of the law of war, and to make that doctrine known. [36] Later, in his list of authorities, Vanderpol wrote of Augustine: It is in this work [The City of God] and in certain of his letters that St. Augustine treated the question of war and indicated the principles which served as the basis for the doctrine of St. [37] The next year, in his book La guerre devant le Christianisme, Vanderpol gave further details on the sources of Augustine’s thought and its transmission and relationship to the works of later authorities.

The pattern of Vitoria’s selection of Augustinian citations on war clearly betrays the influence of the earlier canonical writers. As with the previous authors, Vitoria at points acknowledged Augustine’s authoritativeness on the subject of just war without ever attributing origination to him. [14] A similar approach to Augustinian authority on war is seen in the two most prominent lay precursors to Grotius in the field of the ius belli. Balthazar Ayala wrote his De iure et officiis bellicis in 1581 while serving as judicial advisor for the Duke of Parma’s army operating in the Spanish Netherlands.

Conclusion Bibliography Augustine's Texts Cited Index of Augustinian Citations General Index 1 Acknowledgments With a work as broadly conceived as this, even the strictest detractors must, according to their measure of the material that should be in it but isn’t, occasionally make allowances for mortal ignorance, while conceding the merest possibility that any particular something they mastered with their mothers’ milk may be missing for lack of space, or relevance. The best medicine I’ve known for treating mortal ignorance in these matters is the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, its library, and especially the staff and my colleagues there.

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