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Augustine For Armchair Theologians / Edition 1

Augustine For Armchair Theologians / Edition 1

by Stephen A. Cooper
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664223724
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 09/30/2002
Series: Armchair Theologians Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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
1.Faint Beginnings13
2.Teenager in Love41
3.A Young Man on His Own53
4.A Professional Teacher75
5.Leaving Behind83
6.Treading Water: Worldly Goals of a Suffering Soul97
7.Light upon Light: Encounter with the Books of the Platonists115
8.Converting Conversions135
9.Deaths and a New Life157
10.Confessions without End175
11.Career of the Bishop191
Further Reading219

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ebnelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 exceedingly accessible and thorough theological biography of a great Christian.