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dc.contributor.authorTherese Fuhrer
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-23T13:08:37Z
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dc.date.created2017-09-29 23:05
dc.date.issued2013-04-01
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dc.identifier10.4102/hts.v69i1.1354
dc.identifier0259-9422
dc.identifier2072-8050
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12424/20630
dc.description.abstractIn his early dialogue ‘On order’ (De ordine) Augustine dramatises a discussion of theodicy in which the Manichaean solution is clearly rejected, even though the debate ends in aporia. It is argued in this paper that the dialogue’s dramatic setting at the villa in Cassiciacum is strongly reminiscent of Manichaean imagery and the stock motifs of the Manichaean mythological system. It is proposed in the dialogue itself, that the scenic elements (Augustine’s ill health, night and darkness, the dawning day, dirt and ugliness, fighting cocks) have the character of signs which illustrate the significance of the not-beautiful and the negative in the divine order. The dialogue setting thus presents an ontological scale that leads from the levels of reduced being up to the highest being, linking night or darkness to light or day, dirt to purity, sickness to health, defeat to victory, the ugly to the beautiful. The dialogue setting becomes a semiotic system in which even the ontologically deficient forms of phenomenon always also refer to something at the highest level, namely the omnipotent divine creator. The scenic design of De ordine can thus be read as an extension of the Manichaean system of codes, and hence as a message also addressed to a Manichaean readership.
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dc.languageEN
dc.languageNL
dc.publisherAOSIS
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dc.sourceHTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies , Vol 69, Iss 1, Pp 1-7 (2013)
dc.subjectAugustine
dc.subjectphilosophical dialogue
dc.subjectTheodicy
dc.subjectManichaean imagery and semiotics
dc.subjectPlatonic ontology
dc.subjectThe Bible
dc.subjectBS1-2970
dc.subjectPhilosophy. Psychology. Religion
dc.subjectB
dc.subjectDOAJ:The Bible
dc.subjectDOAJ:Religion
dc.subjectDOAJ:Philosophy and Religion
dc.subjectPractical Theology
dc.subjectBV1-5099
dc.titleNight and days in Cassiciacum: The anti-Manichaean theodicy of Augustine’s De ordine
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