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Augustine of Hippo: A Life

Author(s): Henry Chadwick

ISBN13: 9780199588060

ISBN10: 0199588066


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  • Augustine (354-430) had a profound impact on the development of the Christian Church, sparking controversy and influencing the ideas of theologians for over fifteen centuries. His words are still frequently quoted in devotions today and his key themes retain a striking contemporary relevance, what is the place of the Church in the world? What is the relation between nature and grace? In Augustine of Hippo, the late Henry Chadwick, a renowned authority on Augustine, describes with clarity and warmth the intellectual development of this key Father of the Church. In his characteristically rigorous yet sympathetic style, Chadwick traces Augustines intellectual journey from schoolboy and student to Bishop and champion of Christendom in a period of intense political upheaval, providing valuable insight into the progression of Augustines ideas. With a foreword reflecting on Chadwicks distinctive approach to Augustine by Peter Brown, and a further reading list on Augustine compiled by Gillian Clark, this volume is both an essential assessment of Augustine and a final tribute to one of the great church historians of the twentieth century.

  • Henry Chadwick

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    This is a book about Augustine which has the tang of life.
    - Peter Brown, Princeton University

    Thank goodness we had Chadwick, level-headed and drenched in the sources, to unravel the threads of Augustines musings.
    - Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald

    His Augustine emerges from his pages as an altogether more human and more humane figure than we meet in many of his interpreters.
    - R. A. Markus, The Tablet


Augustine of Hippo: A Life

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