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Abingdon Pillars of Theology

Author(s): Eugene Teselle

ISBN13: 9780687053612

ISBN10: 0687053617

Publisher: Abingdon Press

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  • Starting with Augustines philosophical interest in Platonism, which set the framework for his thinking, Eugene TeSelle examines the major themes of Augustines thought, following a more or less chronological order including human fulfillment, evil, creation, the human self, the church and its doctrines, the course of human history, and the relation of Christianity to political matters. Even those who think he was wrong in his conclusions can respect Augustines willingness to confront problems and think through their implications.

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    This book on Augustine allows the reader to appreciate how easily one moves from the fourth or fifth century into modern times and back. Eugene TeSelle thus invites the reader to appreciate some of the most significant themes of Augustines thought-opening a kind of dialogue between Augustine and other thinkers on topics such as evil and grace, politics and piety, and more.

    - Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A., Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome, Italy

    "This is an extraordinary book. Eugene TeSelle is one of the great masters of Augustines thought, and here he draws upon his great erudition to present the father of Western theology cogently and comprehensively for the layperson. The book is at once short and accessible but also profound and thought-provoking; a sensitive treatment of Augustine in his own context, which also makes him wholly relevant for today. TeSelle raises the big questions and provides ample material to begin to answer them."

    - Carol Harrison, Lecturer in the History and Theology of the Latin West, University of Durham, Durham, Great Britain