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Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (New Edition, with an Epilogue) Paperback – August 7, 2000
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A nice reference on Augustine is "Augustine Through The Ages: An Encyclopedia" by Allan Fitzgerald & John Cavadini; which may also interest readers as well. I have browsed through it in a library and hope to get a copy when the funds are available; it looked very promising to say the least. If you want to understand the theology and history of the Western/Latin Church, it is very hard to do so without knowing at least some basics of Augustine's theological distinctives and stances. Texts like Brown's biography here is a nice first step in understanding the old Saints thought.
Augustine is truly a gem of the church catholic, in a time of transition from one world power to another. Late Rome in Africa is so fascinating. Never before has it been brought to me the significance and the breath of this, yet here Brown does truly make one thirst for more. And I trust that this would be the highest compliment to his massive effort here, that one is stimulated for more of Augustine and his times.
Truly this should be read and judged by its intended scope, a history, a biography, not a theological or philosophical work. He achieves his purpose convicncingly with what he had at the time. Amazed at the continuity and yet slowly opening maze of issues, personalilities, and cultural developments that the author maintains, yet all the time revolving around the inner tensions and development of this amazing individual.
His background in Cicero and rhetoric served the church so well in his later years, as did his stints in Platonism and Manicheeism provide the necessary connects to his sigificant contributions to the spread of the early church and their bouts with Donatism, paganism and Pelagianism.
Certainly has awakened my appetite to further study into this great Christian. As the 576 pages go so easily from the words of this fine writer, you will enjoy this read as well.
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Talk about wanting to know Augustine! This book (in my opinion) offers so much information into the life of Augustine, but it not only reads as a biography but it also takes you... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. Great book. I loved the insights into St. Augustine's life, conversion and teachings --- but also the great look into 3rd century North Africa and Roman Empire.Published 10 months ago by zsha zsha
Augustine was one of the greatest persons of all time! He was, and still is, THE GREAT CHRISTIAN!Published 11 months ago by S. TURNER
An exceptional, classic account of the stages in the life of Augustine. Peter Brown's original 1960s publication summarized the state of our understanding about the man up until... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Ayala
Excellent reading. Must have your thinking cap on when you do read this. Book in excellent condition. Very happy with it.Published 17 months ago by Diane F. Weathers
For anyone interested in the development of theology of Christianity, Peter Brown's book on the life of St. Augustine is an absolute "must read". Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Jantzen