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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.
|Introduction: Who Is Augustine Anyway?||1|
|2.||Teenager in Love||41|
|3.||A Young Man on His Own||53|
|4.||A Professional Teacher||75|
|6.||Treading Water: Worldly Goals of a Suffering Soul||97|
|7.||Light upon Light: Encounter with the Books of the Platonists||115|
|9.||Deaths and a New Life||157|
|10.||Confessions without End||175|
|11.||Career of the Bishop||191|