Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography [NOOK Book]

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Augustine was one of the West's first public philosophers. Intellectually brilliant and a gifted writer, he is known primarily as one of the great figures of Christian late antiquity. In this new biography we encounter him through the complexities of his remarkable personality. Miles Hollingworth demonstrates that it was as a personality that he turned against his Age to explore the shocking relevance of one life to God and history. His autobiography, the Confessions, is held up by many today as the first truly ...
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Overview

Augustine was one of the West's first public philosophers. Intellectually brilliant and a gifted writer, he is known primarily as one of the great figures of Christian late antiquity. In this new biography we encounter him through the complexities of his remarkable personality. Miles Hollingworth demonstrates that it was as a personality that he turned against his Age to explore the shocking relevance of one life to God and history. His autobiography, the Confessions, is held up by many today as the first truly modern book.
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"[An] ambitious and comprehensive work."—Church of Ireland Gazette

"Hollingworth shows why it is that Augustine has such broad appeal; not just because he finds him surprisingly humane and enlightened about our propensity to sin but because of the positive spin that he puts on the absence of God experience and the hope of meaning that his interpretation of the restless heart gives to those who suffer existential angst and radical doubt. This is therefore a book for all seekers after the Truth: theist and atheist as well as all lovers of Augustine."—Margaret Lane, Theology

"Hollingworth brings out the underlying vision and the lived meaning of Augustine's thought ... This book shares Augustine's concern to relate his life to the reader's own, and to require of readers an engagement with their own cultural and personal history. It is at times demanding, even frustrating. Readers will probably vary widely in their judgement of its success or failure, but success or failure must also attend upon the reader's work, as she or he squares up to Augustine's vision." —Journal of Theological Studies

"Learned and well documented."—Claremont Review of Books

"Relying primarily on Augustine's Confessions in order to unearth how the experiences of the young Augustine shaped the theology of the older clergyman, Hollingworth interweaves Augustine's theological insights with his personal plights in a lively and lyrical manner. In eleven chapters, Hollingworth covers diverse themes in Augustine's life under headings such as "Augustine's remarks on his parents" (chapter 3),"Manichaeism" (chapter 7), and "On the singular deportment of death, love, and grief" (chapter 8). Hollingworth's biography exercises the reader's historical, philosophical, psychological, and psychoanalytic imagination..." —Bryn Mawr Classical 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, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Library Journal
Mining many of Augustine's works, Hollingworth (visiting research fellow, St. John's Coll., Univ. of Durham, UK; The Pilgrim City: St. Augustine of Hippo and His Innovation in Political Thought) is adept at finding the apt quotation that illustrates his thesis that the thought of the older Augustine has its source in, and is not a radical departure from, the thought of the younger. Hollingworth makes helpful comparisons to modern times and to other philosophers, and is not shy about inserting himself into the discussion. This is not a work to be read by one just coming to Augustine, the premier writer of the early church, and a major influence on Western civilization. For those readers, Peter Brown's Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (for its historical approach) or Gerard Bonner's St. Augustine of Hippo: Life and Controversies (for its theological discussions) would be more suitable. VERDICT A brash new study of Augustine's intellectual development that will appeal to those who already know the Saint's works well and will be intrigued by Hollingworth's loving but critical dialog with Augustine's thought.—Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199323791
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,263,860
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Miles Hollingworth is Research Fellow in the History of Ideas at St. John's College, Durham University, in the United Kingdom. His writing on Augustine has won awards from the Society of Authors (2009 Elizabeth Longford Grant for Historical Biography) and the Royal Society of Literature (2009 Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction). He is the author of The Pilgrim City: St. Augustine of Hippo and his Innovation in Political Thought, which was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone History Book Prize.

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Table of Contents

Preface\Acknowledgements\Abbreviations\Chronology of Augustine's life - 1. Out of Africa\2. Augustine's intellectual milieu\3. Augustine's remarks on his parents\4. Reflections on infancy\5. Traumas of initiation into the Earthly City\6. Cicero and a sense of purpose\7. Manichaeism\8. On the deportment of death, love and grief\9. Christian conversion and reflections on the supernatural\10. To write against self-consciousness and its effects\11. Last days and reflections on the style of man\Notes\Index
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