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Justin Shaun Coyle Taking Laughter Seriously in Augustine’s Confessions
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This essay analyzes the subtle theology of laughter that is scattered across Augustine’s Confessiones (conf.). First, I draw on Sarah Byers’s work in order to argue that Augustine adopts and adapts Stoic moral psychology as a means of sorting the laugh into two moral kinds—as evidence of either good joy or bad joy. In turn, these two kinds provide the loose structure for the double theological taxonomy of merciless and merciful laughter that conf. develops. Next, I treat laughter of each sort via exegesis of several textual vignettes. Close readings of key passages show that both merciless and merciful laughter evince distinctive features across Augustine’s conf. This also reveals exactly how Augustine embeds laughter’s double taxonomy in order to confect his own salvation narrative. Thus, on the reading offered here, laughter proves central to the salvation history that Augustine’s conf. weaves. We learn a good deal about Augustine’s story and his theology by attending to the subject, object, and character of laughter that may be found in his conf.
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Richard R. Ring David F. Appleby and Teresa Olsen Pierre, editors. On the Shoulders of Giants: Essays in Honor of Glenn W. Olsen
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Scott Bailey Augustine’s Confessions: iOS version 1.5.3
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Jay R. Elliott Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen, Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction
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Eric Plumer Mark Glen Bilby, As the Bandit Will I Confess You: Luke 23, 39–43 in Early Christian Interpretation
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Kari Kloos Gerald P. Boersma, Augustine’s Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology
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Laela Zwollo C. H. M. Bouwman, Mater Sapientia: The Mystagogical Function of the Motherhood of God and Spiritual Motherhood in Augustine
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Sarah Stewart-Kroeker Michael J. S. Bruno, Political Augustinianism: Modern Interpretations of Augustine’s Political Thought
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Anne-Marie Schultz Joseph Clair, Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine
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Andrew C. Chronister Laurence Dalmon, Un dossier de l’Épistolaire augustinien: la correspondance entre l’Afrique et Rome à propos de l’affaire pélagienne (416–418): traduction, commentaire et annotations
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Daniel Nodes Brian P. Dunkle, S.J., Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan
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Lauren Frances Guerra Justo L. González, The Mestizo Augustine: A Theologian Between Two Cultures
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Adam Ployd Stephen R. Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History, and Modernity
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Alice Christ Lee M. Jefferson and Robin M. Jensen, eds., The Art of Empire: Christian Art in its Imperial Context
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Julie B. Miller Bo Karen Lee, Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon
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Joshua R. McManaway Matthew Levering, The Theology of Augustine: An Introductory Guide to His Most Important Works
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Ty Monroe David Vincent Meconi, S.J., ed., Sacred Scripture and Secular Struggles
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Bogdan G. Bucur Aristotle Papanikolaou, The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy
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Erik Kenyon Joseph Pucci, Augustine’s Virgilian Retreat: Reading the Auctores at Cassiciacum
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Ian Clausen Richard Sorabji, Moral Conscience through the Ages: Fifth Century BCE to the Present
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