22. Mystic and Monk: Augustine and the Spiritual Life

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. John Peter Kenney

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch22

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Kenney, J. P. (2012) Mystic and Monk: Augustine and the Spiritual Life, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch22

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Saint Michael's College, Vermont, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • mystic and monk, Augustine and the spiritual life;
  • mysticism in Augustine, and rendition in the Confessions;
  • religious and cultural change, in Augustine's writings;
  • central books of the Confessions (Books 5–9);
  • Manicheism materialism, and Augustine's religious confusion;
  • spiritual dimension of Platonism, immortal continuance;
  • school of Plotinus, popularizing, pagan monotheism;
  • Augustine's encounter with works, antithetical to Manicheism;
  • the soul's relationship with God, the call to asceticism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Books of the Platonists

  • The Ascension Narratives of Confessions 7

  • Christian Contemplation at Ostia

  • Conclusion: Monasticism and Community

  • Further Reading