Pastoral lessons from Augustine’s theological correspondence with women

Show simple item record Smither, Edward L. 2016-11-11T08:25:25Z 2016-11-11T08:25:25Z 2016-08-19
dc.description Prof. Dr Smither is participating in the research project, ‘Ecodomy’, directed by Prof. Dr Nelus Niemandt, Department Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Augustine of Hippo (354–430) was a fourth- and fifth-century monk-bishop who left a great imprint on the spiritual leaders of his day by overseeing the monastery at Hippo Regius and also authoring a significant corpus of letters that were pastoral in nature. What is often overlooked in the study of his pastoral ministry and, thus, the focus of this article, is Augustine’s theological correspondence with 15 different women. Through surveying the themes and issues in these letters, I have endeavoured to show that, though a monk, Augustine did care for women in his pastoral ministry and his letters show that he discussed with women many of the issues of his day (pastoral issues, church matters, monastic ideas, theology, and practical theology) that he also discussed with his male correspondents. In short, Augustine believed that these women were much like his mother Monica – capable of grasping biblical and theological issues – and he valued them as an important part of the church. I conclude the article by summarising Augustine’s approaches to and values for ministering to women. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Smither, E., 2016, ‘Pastoral lessons from Augustine’s theological correspondence with women’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), a3288. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3288. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3288
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Monk-bishop en_ZA
dc.subject Spiritual leaders en_ZA
dc.subject Women en_ZA
dc.subject Pastoral ministry en_ZA
dc.subject Augustine of Hippo (354–430) en_ZA
dc.title Pastoral lessons from Augustine’s theological correspondence with women en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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