On Augustine

On Augustine

by Rowan Williams


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On Augustine by Rowan Williams

Since his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury and his return to academic life (Master of Magdalene College Cambridge) Rowan Williams has demonstrated a massive new surge of intellectual energy. In this new book he turns his attention to St Augustine.

St Augustine not only shaped the development of Western theology, he also made a major contribution to political theory (City of God) and through his Confessions to the understanding of human psychology. Rowan Williams has an entirely fresh perspective on these matters and the chapter titles in this new book demonstrate this at a glance - 'Language Reality and Desire', 'Politics and the Soul', 'Paradoxes of Self Knowledge', 'Insubstantial Evil'. As with his previous titles, Dostoevsky, The Edge of Words and Faith in the Public Square this new study is sure to be a major contribution on a compelling subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472925275
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 504,225
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rowan Williams was Professor of Divinity at Oxford before becoming Bishop of Monmouth in 1992. After ten years as Archbishop of Canterbury, he became Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 2013, and is internationally well-known as a theologian, poet and commentator on current affairs.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Abbreviations and Note on Translations xi

1 'A Question to Myself' Time and Self-Awareness in the Confessions 1

2 The Soul in Paraphrase: Augustine as Interpreter of the Psalms 25

3 Language, Reality and Desire: The Nature of Christian Formation 41

4 'Good For Nothing'? Augustine on Creation 59

5 Insubstantial Evil 79

6 Politics and the Soul: Reading the City of God 107

7 Augustine on Christ and the Trinity: An Overview 131

8 Wisdom in Person: Augustine's Christology 141

9 The Paradoxes of Self-Knowledge in Augustine's Trinitarian Thought 155

10 Sapientia: Wisdom and the Trinitarian Relations 171

11 Augustinian Love 191

God in Search: A Sermon 207

Index 212

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