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Augustine for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians)

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OK all you armchair theologians…drop the remote and pick up your iPod to hear author Stephen Cooper provides an overview of the greatest theologian of the early church: Augustine of Hippo! In Augustine for Armchair Theologians, Cooper introduces the life and thought of Augustine through discussing the Confessions and shows how many of Augustine's human struggles – and the ...more
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Published August 15th 2006 by Hovel Audio (first published September 1st 2002)
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John
Feb 04, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cooper takes an interesting tact in his short introduction to Augustine: he almost exclusively only looks at Augustine's "Confessions." This can lead the reader wanting, but ultimately I think it was a wise choice given the depth and impact of "Confessions" and the fact that this is a short introduction on Augustine.

Cooper's analysis of Augustine gets stronger as the book moves along. The first few chapters had me grinding my teeth at a number of points. Cooper contextualizes (and by so doing,
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Lee Harmon
Feb 13, 2014 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I doubt anybody needs an introduction to Saint Augustine, the 4th century Bishop of Hippo. Augustine preached for perhaps 30 years and authored over 100 titles. But if you want a quick overview of his life and spiritual growth, without getting bogged down in theological discussion, this is a friendly little book. This is my first Armchair Theologians book, and I’m impressed.

Cooper follows the lead of Augustine’s most famous work, Confessions, most of which is autobiographical, to tell the story
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Jimmy
The book is supposed to be an introduction to the great Church father Augustine. The author spent the bulk of the book on Augustine's autobiography, The Confessions. It made me want to read The Confessions alongside this work either as a commentary or as a "cliff note." However, with the book's title, "Augustine for Armchair Theologians," one would expect the book to be broad enough to cover Augustine's life and theology rather than spending 175 pages out of 222 on the The Confession alone. It d ...more
Coyle
Aug 28, 2009 Coyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good companion and exposition of Augustine's Confessions. Cooper writes clearly and explains some of Augustine's more obscure passages in a way that is useful and readable.
Having said that, this isn't as good an "Armchair Theologian" book as the ones on Luther and Edwards. While that may be because Luther and Edwards are closer to us in time and thus easier to understand, it may also be because Cooper focuses exclusively on Augustine's Confessions and ignores the larger body of his thoug
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Eric Nelson
Jul 27, 2008 Eric Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book essentially just goes though Augustine's early life, following the outline in Augustine's Confessions. It uses the Confessions as an window to Augustine, assuming that readers would start with that book and graduate to others---not a bad idea.[return][return]It does really help make the Confessions even more accessible to readers unfamiliar with Augustine or his work.[return][return]The only downside is because this book focuses so heavily on his life as described in Confessions it fai ...more
Pam
Apr 27, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give up on reading the writings of Augustine without this book. Stephen Cooper helps you understand what was happening in Augustine's life and at that time in history. He interprets what Augustine meant by many of his more complex passages. And most of all, he provides a valuable overview so that you can read Augustine with more understanding and enjoyment. My Dad gave me Whitney Oate's translation of Augustine's writings back in 1992 and I have since wanted to try to read it, but I admi ...more
Melissa
This book is helpful for those of us who have heard of Augustine, but know little about his life or theology. I found the biographical details very interesting, and I think the book gives a good overall understanding of Augustine's spiritual and theological experiences, conversion(s) and beliefs.
Noelle Campbell
Jan 14, 2012 Noelle Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sort of 'idiots' guide (without calling you an idiot). Full of excerpts from Augustine's books, it is a great way to be introduced to this philosopher/theologian/apologist. You will want to read more about him after reading this book, which is exactly what a book like this should do.
Dora
Dec 15, 2009 Dora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While far from exhaustive this book served as an accessible introduction to Augustine, the Confessions, and the major controversies of his time as Bishop.
Ron
May 02, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
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This title concentrated mainly on The Confessions of Augustine with an explanation accompanying the parts of the text. Have to check out others in the series.
Pastor Jamie Strickler
Great book as an introduction to the thought and theology of St. Augustine. Read this before tackling any of his other works.
Nicki
May 10, 2016 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this book. It's a mix of a biography on Augustine's life and his theological views. And it was presented in a way that was easy to understand.
Dana
Jan 16, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was an overview on St Augustines life and went into depth on Augustines profession of beliefs. Overall, it was a good book.
Val
It was a good and informative fly-over. If you are considering reading Augustine this might be a place to whet your appetite.
Travis Lambert
I suppose I could have just read the Confessions; I've heard it's equally as short.
Dan
Feb 12, 2011 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Decent but I was hoping it would be better compiled and more interesting. It leaves out some central themes of his theology and life.
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