Collaboration With Lewis Ayres
Along with Lewis Ayres, holder of a chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Durham, and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Barnes is part of a rereading of Augustine's trinitarian theology that contradicts the older, neoplatonic-centered account. This new reading is referred to as "New Canon" Augustine scholarship. This work suggests that Augustine has been read primarily with a non-theological focus, and needs a theological or doctrinal re-reading. The basis of the New Canon reading of Augustine was worked out from 1995 to 2000, during which Ayres and Barnes conducted an almost daily common reading and discussion, via e-mail, of Augustine's trinitarian writings.
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