Teske contextualizes these crucial discoveries and subsequent contributions made by Augustine by reminding readers that until Augustine encountered Ambrose and the Christian community in Milan, western Christianity was largely informed by Stoic corporealism
and vestiges of Manichaean materialism.
Martin, "the problems of anthropomorphism and corporealism
lay at the heart of the disputes about God in Islamic theology.
What I miss in this study of the dialogues is an awareness of the importance of the libri Platonicorum to the early Augustine's transition from Stoic and Manichaean corporealism
to a spiritualist metaphysics.
correctly emphasizes the importance of Augustine's understanding of eternity and time, but she does not, it seems, recognize that Augustine was the first thinker in the Latin West to adopt such Plotinian accounts of eternity and time, just as he was the first--apart from a small circle in Milan--to break out of the common Stoic corporealism
of the age and to adopt a Plotinian spiritualist metaphysics.
Indeed, if one ponders the remark further, one sees that the scientists' claim for the truth of corporealism
must, on their own premises, by dubious at best; for all claims to truth require that mind have at least epistemic independence from the flux of dumb matter.