"The human mind can understand truth only by thinking, as is clear from Augustine." --Saint Thomas Aquinas Saint Augustine of Hippo is one of the central figures in the history of Christianity, and this book is one of his greatest theological works. Written as an eloquent defense of the faith at a time when the Roman Empire was on the brink of collapse, it examines the ancient pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends worldly politics and will last for eternity, this book is one of the most influential documents in the development of Christianity. One of the great cornerstones i...
Third volume of the long-awaited translation of one of AugustineÂ’s classics and a great work in Christian literature. Newly translated by Maria Boulding, O.S.B., whose masterful translation of AugustineÂ’s Confessions in the same series has been praised as being Â“of a different level of excellence from practically anything else in the marketÂ” (Bishop Rowan Williams, Monmouth, England). As the psalms are a microcosm of the Old Testament, so the Expositions of the Psalms can be seen as a microcosm of Augustinian thought. They recapitulate and focus the experiences of AugustineÂ’s personal life, his theological reflections, and his pastoral concerns as Bishop of Hippo.
B`There are certain rules for interpreting the scriptures which, as I am well aware, can usefully be passed on to those with an appetite for such study...' On Christian Teaching is one of Augustine's most important works on the classical tradition. Written to enable Christian students to be their own interpreters of the Bible, it provides an outline of Christian theology, a detailed discussion of ethical problems, and a fascinating early contribution to sign theory. Augustine alsomakes a systematic attempt to determine what elements of classical education are permissible for a Christian, and in the last book suggests ways in which Ciceronian rhetorical principles may help in communicating the faith. This long-needed, completely new and up-to-date translation gives a close but stylish representation of Augustine's thought and expression. References to the classical background are carefully explained and Roger Green's introduction describes the aims and circumstances of the work, and outlines its influence on major figures in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Contains eight works of Augustine of Hippo written against the Manicheans. Augustine's "Answer to Faustus, a Manichean", a huge work containing thirty-three books, will follow in the next volume of this section of the current series.
The Essential Augustine contains selected passages from about forty key works by St. Augustine of Hippo, nearly half of which were specifically translated for this collection. The table of contents provides precise references to the source treatises. A bibliography and glossary of key terms are included, along with appendixes containing a list of all Augustine's known writings, alphabetized by standard English titles.
Augustine's candor about his own sin and his struggle to reconcile his mind and soul to God's holiness has made this spiritual autobiography a revered classic for over fifteen centuries and compelling to today's readers looking for a genuine spirituality.