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Trumbower to Speak on St. Augustine

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Jeffrey Trumbower will present a lecture on St. Augustine at Le Moyne College on Monday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall. His talk is titled “Augustine and the Unbaptized Dead: A Major Transition in Late Antique Culture.”

Over the course of his long career, St. Augustine of Hippo came to reject every conceivable form of posthumous salvation for non-Christians, including universal salvation, rescue at the final judgment, conversion at the time of Jesus’ sojourn in Hell, and intercession by living Christians for deceased non-Christians. This lecture will trace these developments, looking at when, how and why Augustine’s thought developed as it did, understanding it in the context of the transition of late antique western culture from a largely pagan society to a largely Christian one.

Jeffrey Trumbower is dean of St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection and the religious studies department. For more information, call (315) 445-4279.

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posted on: 2/7/2011