19 September 2011

Article: Augustine and Corruption

Article: Augustine and Corruption

On the political theology of corruption in the church father: Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond), "Augustine and Corruption" ("History of Political Thought", 30 [1], 2009: pp. 46-59).

Abstract: "Augustine's political thought or, as it is often called, political theology is a matter of considerable dispute. 'Augustine and Corruption' approaches that dispute by examining the evidence that Ramsay MacMullen presented to substantiate his observation that Augustine 'approved of' corruption. I read that evidence differently and use Augustine's remarks about bribes paid to court clerks, schemes to defraud philanthropists, and tax evasion to support what has been aptly called 'a minimalist' interpretation of his political expectations."

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