Augustine For Armchair Theologians / Edition 1

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Overview

In this book, Stephen Cooper provides an overview of the greatest theologian of the early church: Augustine of Hippo. Augustine has had a towering influence in the history of Christianity and his Confessions has long been regarded as one of Christianity's classic texts. Cooper introduces the life and thought of Augustine through discussing the Confessions and shows how many of Augustine's human struggles are still with us today. He also examines the theological views of Augustine that emerged through the important controversies of his times.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
An associate professor of religious studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, Cooper offers a kind of guided tour through the great theologian Augustine's Confessions summarizing here, explaining there, spicing the whole with substantial quotations from his own translations from the original. Augustine's life and mind are never out of place and always worth bringing to a new audience, so that while Cooper himself is somewhat overshadowed by Augustine, this cleanly written book should be a worthwhile addition to many libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664223724
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Series: Armchair Theologians Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,204,675
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen A. Cooper is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Who Is Augustine Anyway? 1
1. Faint Beginnings 13
2. Teenager in Love 41
3. A Young Man on His Own 53
4. A Professional Teacher 75
5. Leaving Behind 83
6. Treading Water: Worldly Goals of a Suffering Soul 97
7. Light upon Light: Encounter with the Books of the Platonists 115
8. Converting Conversions 135
9. Deaths and a New Life 157
10. Confessions without End 175
11. Career of the Bishop 191
Conclusion 215
Further Reading 219
Index 221
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