Augustine For Armchair Theologians / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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.
About the Author
Stephen A. Cooper is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
|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|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was disappointed in this book...not because I found it inaccurate or a painful read. Rather I was hoping that this book would serve as an introduction to Augustine AND his theology. Instead, this book essentially just goes though Augustine's early life, following the outline in Augustine's Confessions.The other books in this series spend most of their time focusing on the theological ideas of their subject, and while it is impossible to divorce theology from a person's biography, Augustine's ideas take a back seat to the narrative of his life. Because this book focuses so heavily on his life as described in Confessions it fails to really wrestle with any of the issues that Augustine was so influential on later in his life (for example, the problem of grace and free will).If you have the time, I would strongly suggest passing by this book and reading Peter Brown's Augustine of Hippo...an exceedingly accessible and thorough theological biography of a great Christian.