Augustinian Studies

Volume 48, Issue 1/2, 2017

Reconsiderations Conference V

Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A.
Pages 3-22

St. Augustine Lecture—2016
Engaging the Gospel of John

This paper asks what led Augustine to begin his commentary on the Gospel of John, linking that decision to his ongoing efforts to heal the Donatist schism by appealing to the centrality of Jesus Christ, both in his own theological vision and in the message to those who were listening to his sermons on the Gospel of John and on the psalms of ascent. This question is particularly important in the aftermath of the Edict of Unity (405) insofar as he was preaching both to faithful Catholics and to their neighbors who had accepted the legal requirements of leaving the schism behind.