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Religions 2015, 6(3), 755-762;

Augustine’s Confessions: Interiority at the Core of the Core Curriculum

Department of Philosophy, P. O. Box 2, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778, USA
Paper presented at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference held at Samford University, 2–4 October 2014.
Academic Editors: Scott McGinnis and Chris Metress
Received: 23 January 2015 / Revised: 13 May 2015 / Accepted: 12 June 2015 / Published: 24 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching Augustine)
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When St. Bonaventure University decided to redesign its core curriculum, we turned to Bonaventure’s account of the mind’s journey to God in the Itinerarium Mentis in Deum as a paradigm by which to give coherence to the undergraduate experience consistent with our mission and tradition. Bonaventure was himself an Augustinian philosopher and thus Augustine’s Confessions holds a place of great significance in our first year seminar where it is studied in conjunction with Bonaventure’s inward turn to find God imprinted on his soul. This paper is an account of the original rationale for including Augustine’s Confessions in our curriculum and a report of continuing faculty and student attitudes towards that text nearly two decades later. View Full-Text
Keywords: Augustine; Bonaventure; core curriculum Augustine; Bonaventure; core curriculum
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