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Augustine knows by faith that God is a trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is seeking as far as possible to understand what he believes. In the first seven books Augustine begins by searching the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments for clues to understanding and then argues in the language of philosophy and logic to defend the orthodox statement of the doctrine against the Arians.
In the last eight books Augustine seeks to understand the mystery of the divine Trinity by observing an analogous trinity in the image of God, which is the human mind; and in so doing, he also suggests a program for the serious Christian of spiritual self-discovery and renewal.
This second edition is newly produced, now featuring convenient footnotes rather than the previously used endnotes.
"What Father Hill has provided is a splendid translation, made from a trustworthy Latin text, of what is for some of us the foundation work of Christian theology. He has fitted out his translation, clearly the best of the four that have been made into English, with notes that go well beyond the perfunctory and a 38-page introduction that is a delight to read." (Barry Ulanov, Journal of Religion and Health)
Posted February 16, 2009
For those who have had problems with the online readings of St Augustine, Hill's translation makes the subject much clearer. The reader will still have to read a couple of sentences and then reflect on it but after all it's theology not the newspaper.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.