Augustine of Hippo: A Life

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Overview

The life and works of Augustine of Hippo (354-430) have shaped the development of the Christian Church, sparking controversy and influencing the ideas of theologians through subsequent centuries. Augustine's intellectual development is recounted with clarity and warmth in th is newly rediscovered biography by the acclaimed church historian, the late Henry Chadwick. Augustine's journey from schoolboy and student to Bishop and champion of Western Christendom in a period of intense political upheaval, is narrated in Chadwick's characteristically rigorous yet sympathetic style.

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"The author's ability to sketch out issues and viewpoints is one of the strengths of the book. So is his grasp of the many challenges facing Augustine as bishop of Hippo in a time of endemic crisis. ... Summing Up: Recommended."--CHOICE

"No writer excelled at that exacting form, the short biography, better than Henry Chadwick (1920-2008) ... . In Augustine of Hippo, posthumously prepared for print by his devoted widow, he returned to the greatest of the early Church Fathers to write a biography that is a delight from start to finish, and a marvel of scholarly distillation. ... Chadwick's biography is a rewarding read."--Weekly Standard

"It is always a pleasure to read great writers who are also great scholars. The wealth of what is found in this short book does not need to be emphasized. Reading a book by Henry Chadwick is always chock-full of choice delicacies. . . To read it [Augustine of Hippo] is to be treated to an adventure, savoring both Augustine's life and that of the delightfully human scholar who wrote about him. One should not delay the pleasure."--The Catholic Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199568307
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,436,620
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Chadwick (1920-2008) enjoyed international renown as one of the leading church historians of the twentieth century. He held senior appointments at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, latterly as Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge. Chadwick's scholarship was complemented by his active involvement in church life. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1944, he developed a deep commitment to church unity and took a leading role in the Anglican and Roman Catholic dialogues of the mid-1970s.

Chadwick authored numerous books and articles throughout his career. At Oxford University Press he held series editorship of Oxford Early Christian Texts and Oxford Early Christian Studies, and co-edited the Oxford History of the Christian Church series with his brother, Professor Owen Chadwick. His acclaimed translation of Augustine's Confessions is available from Oxford World Classics.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

1 A Personal Quest

2 Cassiciacum and the Death of Monnica at Ostia

3 Back to Thagaste

4 Discovering the Church

5 Bishop

6 North African Christianity

7 Christian Culture

8 Divided Christians

9 Discerning the Trinity

10 Two Cities

11 Freedom and Grace

Short Reading List

Index

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