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Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography

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St. Augustine was undoubtedly one of the great thinkers of the early church. Yet it has long been assumed--and not without reason--that the main lines of Augustine's thought have been more or less fixed since his death. That insofar as we should be aware of him in the twenty-first century, he is a figure described-if not circumscribed--by his times.

A major revisionist treatment of Augustine's life and thought, Saint Augustine of Hippo overturns this assumption. In a stimulating and provocative reinterpretation of Augustine's ideas and their position in the Western intellectual tradition, Miles Hollingworth, though well versed in the latest scholarship, draws his inspiration largely from the actual narrative of Augustine's life. By this means he reintroduces a cardinal but long-neglected fact to the center of Augustinian studies: that there is a direct line from Augustine's own early experiences of life to his later commentaries on humanity. Augustine's new Christianity did not--in blunt assaults of dogma and doctrine--obliterate what had gone before. Instead, it actually caught a subtle and reflective mind at the point when it was despairing of finding the truth. Christianity vindicated a disquiet that Augustine had been feeling all along: he felt that it alone had spoken to his serious rage about man, abandoned to the world and dislocated from all real understanding by haunting glimpses of the Divine.

A major new treatment of Augustine on all fronts, this superb intellectual biography shines a bright light on a genuinely neglected element in his writings. In so doing it introduces us to Augustine as he emerges from the unique circumstances of his early life, struggling with ironies and inconsistencies that we might just find in our own lives as well.

Review:

"This is a book whose style and feel are really worthy of Augustine himself--humane and probing, full of telling metaphor and seriousness about the strangeness of human experience. It is capable of doing for a new generation a great deal of what Peter Brown's epochal biography did half a century ago." --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

About the Author

Miles Hollingworth is Visiting Research Fellow at St. John's College, Durham.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations Chronology of the main events in Augustine's life covered in this book CHAPTER ONE: Out of Africa CHAPTER TWO: Augustine's intellectual milieu CHAPTER THREE: Augustine's remarks on his parents CHAPTER FOUR: Reflections on infancy CHAPTER FIVE: Traumas of initiation into the Earthly City CHAPTER SIX: Cicero and a sense of purpose CHAPTER SEVEN: Manichaeism CHAPTER EIGHT: On the singular deportment of death, love and grief CHAPTER NINE: Christian conversion and reflections on the supernatural CHAPTER TEN: To write against self-consciousness and its effects CHAPTER ELEVEN: Last days and reflections on the style of man Notes Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199861590
Subtitle:
An Intellectual Biography
Author:
Hollingworth, Miles
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity | Early Church
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion Western-Theology
Publication Date:
20130624
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.3 x 1.1 in 1.244 lb

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Religion » Christianity » Church History » Early
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
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Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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