Augustine: A New Biography

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Harper Collins, Apr 5, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 396 pages
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Augustine, sinner and saint, the celebrated theologian who served as bishop of ... Hippo from 396 C.E. until his death in ... 430 C.E., is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the western world. Augustine: A New Biography tells the story of Augustine from the vantage point of Hippo, where he spent almost forty years as priest and bishop. During Augustine's post-Confessions years he became prominent as a churchman, politician, and writer, and James J. O'Donnell looks back at the events in the Confessions from this period in Augustine's life.

Much of Augustine's writing consists of sermons and letters rich in vivid primary material about the events of his time. Prosperous men converting to Christianity to get ahead, priests covering up their sexual and financial peccadilloes, generals playing coldly calculated games of Roman barbarian geopolitics -- these are the figures who stand out in Augustine's world and who populate O'Donnell's intriguing portrait set against a background of the battle over the future of Christianity. This book reveals much of what Augustine didn't confess.

  

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Review: Augustine: A New Biography

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Writing a biography about Augustine, whose massive literary output essentially provides the backbone behind Christian (regardless of denomination) dogma, is a daunting task. Augustine has become ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Hitchcock - Goodreads

We are, each one of us, multiple people. As we move through time and space, in different situations, and in different company we change. In each of us is a multitude of us's. And why should St ... Read full review

Contents

the view from africa
9
augustine confesses
35
a modern classic
63
augustine unvarnished
87
augustine in his books
113
augustine in public
147
augustine and the invention
171
the augustinian putsch in africa
209
augustines great failure
261
augustine the theologians
287
who was augustine?
315
we are not who we think we are
331
Abbreviations for Works Cited
337
Authors Note
375
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About the author (2005)

James J. O'Donnell is professor of classics and Provost of Georgetown University.

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