Morrison, G. J. (2010). Journeying towards the heart in the Spirit of St. Augustine. Australian EJournal of Theology, 15 (1), 1-9.
Theology often takes the form of analysis, proofs and thematisations. St. Augustine’s Confessions remind us that this need not always be so. It teaches us that reflections on our feelings and life are sacred ways to communicate to God. It is strange that theologians at times seem to avoid the personal world of sharing in favour of ontological proofs and judgments. We seem to be too interested in theory rather than the spiritual and biblical journey towards faith, hope and love. In this article I want to try to make theology more accessible, and therefore speak find resonance in the heart. In this regard, St. Augustine’s Confessions are exemplary as they teach us that theology can be both analytical and pastoral. Hence, my aim is to show that theology can open up a style of thinking that leads to personal growth and the integration of faith. Following St. Augustine’s example, I will set out to create a space and time for the affectivity of the heart to have a voice.
Peer-reviewed, St. Augustine, confession, conversion, heart, Scripture, journey