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Augustine of Hippo: A Life
Augustine (354-430) had a profound impact on the development of the Christian Church, sparking controversy and influencing the ideas of theologians for over fifteen centuries. His words are still frequently quoted in devotions today and his key themes retain a striking contemporary relevance--what is the place of the Church in the world? What is the relation between nature ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published August 27th 2009)
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Chadwick's biography of Augustine is small, cheap, and very informative. However, I can't say that I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel like the author attempted to cram too much information into such a small book. He would often make references to particular people or philosophies without giving any background info on them, leaving me wondering what he was talking about. Also, because of the way the book is written, I was unsure at some points whether Chadwick was expressing Augustine's ...more
I have mixed feelings after finishing this book. I had very high expectations for this book, and perhaps they were too high. Henry Chadwick was a renown Augustine scholar and historian of the early church. He surveys a massive amount of literature and provides a solid introduction. One of the best features of this book is how well Chadwick does in placing Augustine and his writings in social and religious context. Much more than one is able to get from reading the Confessions. In addition, ...more
This book is excellent. Chadwick concisely paints a portrait of Augustine through his major literary works and the controversies he dealt with. Thus, the reader receives not only the plot of Augustine's life, but also succinct and insightful comments on his works. Chadwick particularly excels at bringing out the humanness of Augustine by casting him within and against the culture of his day.
Chadwick is a sympathetic and acute reader of Augustine's writings within the context of his life and times. Each chapter brings an interesting political, personal, or otherwise unknown to me aspect of Augustine's life into focus. The analysis of Augustine's writings are also insightful, on only occasionally worth disputing.
Henry Chadwick KBE (23 June 1920 – 17 June 2008) was a British academic and Church of England priest. A leading historian of the early church, Chadwick was appointed Regius Professor at both the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and was the first person in four centuries to have headed a college at both universities.More about Henry Chadwick...