Posted: Wednesday Aug 24, 2011
Dr. Kimberly Baker, assistant professor of theology at Saint Vincent College, spoke at the 15th International Conference on Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford, England, on August 10.
The title of her presentation was, “Transfiguravit in se: The Sacramentality of Augustine’s Doctrine of the Totus Christus.”
“My paper considered the transformative dimension of Augustine’s doctrine of the totus Christus, the whole Christ with Christ as Head and the Church as body,” Dr. Baker said. “Augustine emphasizes that the Church experiences a transformation in its union with Christ as it becomes the body of Christ in the world today. This transformation transcends time as it began in the Incarnation, continues in the present, and will culminate in eternity. I explained that this play of time reflects the sacramental nature of the Church as each generation of Christians is transformed anew in the union with Christ.”
The international conference, held every four years at Oxford, draws scholars from around the world including Belgium, Germany, Romania, Greece, Japan and the United States.