Augustinian Inversions

I posted Augustinian Inversions: How would the Bishop Contend in Postmodernity? over at church and pomo. This is how it begins…

Over the last several years of studying contemporary (continental) philosophy and theology and the theology of Augustine, I’ve noticed several recurring themes, or rather, inversion of themes between contemporary theological battles and those in which Augustine was involved.  Of course these inversion only makes sense from a broadly Augustinian point of view (which you can feel free to contest), but I think noting these inversions may demystify some common differences and misrepresentations between theologian camps.  These inversions do not function uniformly, and they really have more to do with Augustine’s opponents and how they have become inverted: the Philosophers (transcendence), Pelagius (virtue), Donatists (purity).