Christian culture 基督教文化学刊

"Book of Tears" -- On the Crying Problem in Augustine's "Confessions"

CHEN Yun, Renmin University of China

 

Abstract:

This paper explores the theme of tears by observing several accounts of weeping in Augustine’s Confessions. Tears are significant in the book because they express the predicament of human existence, which is a constant movement from “scattering” to “gathering”, from “many” to “one”. The complexity of life destines man to a path of tears. Tears as an expression of emotion is closely related to man’s reason and his will. Its relationship with sorrow, compassion and love form the most important part of Christian ethics.

 

Keywords:

“Confessions”, cry, love

 

Full Text (International Version):

CHEN YunSCN JSCC.pdf

 

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