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Teología y vida

versión impresa ISSN 0049-3449versión On-line ISSN 0717-6295

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PIERANTONI, Claudio. El fin del mundo en San Agustín. Teol. vida [online]. 2000, vol.41, n.1, pp.42-51. ISSN 0049-3449.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0049-34492000000100005.

Eschatology dominates the theological thinking of the bishop of Hippo. The heart of christian life and faith according to him can only be understood in an eschatological perspective, as is clear from his theology of the Two Cities. Augustine’s exegesis of the Apocalypse in the De Civitate Dei aims at pointing out that the fundamental result of the redemption has already been obtained. The "first resurrection" mentioned in Apoc 20 is interpreted, on the basis of the Fourth Gospel, as "resurrection of the soul", gained for us by the death of Christ. The millennium, as a perfect number, is consequently interpreted as the total duration of the Church. At its end, the "second resurrection" isn’t but the resurrection of the bodies, which completes the salvific plan of God. The final contemplation of God by the human being, soul and body, cannot, for him, be reduced to the platonic perspective of a merely spiritual action: Augustine dares to say, although not with absolute certainty, that in the same way as the spiritual substance "sees" corporal reality, so also the corporal substance, due to the communicatio idiomatum, will be able to see God

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