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Earlier Writings (Library of Christian Classics)

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These are Augustine's writings from the time of his conversion to Christianity in AD 386 until he became Bishop of Hippo in 395-396. Included are eight of the most important treatises from this period in which Augustine's Christian position was being formulated. With each work is a brief introduction & Augustine's own review of the treatise.
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published June 1st 1979 by Westminster John Knox Press (Philadelphia) (first published 396)
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Erik Graff
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Church historians
Recommended to Erik by: David Hassel, S.J.
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In the first semester of 1981/82 I took a course on Augustine for which I read his entire corpus in translation in order to write a paper. The concept of the paper was to reconstruct how he imagined the history of philosophy, so the reading was done with an eye to every reference he made to philosophers, schools of philosophy and transmissions of teachings. Unlike we moderns, previous study of the patristics had led me to expect that he, like they, saw ideas more as data passed, sometimes secret ...more
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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A little tedious: fairly philosophical instead of exegetical at times, and the first half is Socratic in organization. Seems to be somewhat influenced by Plato, and the Gnostic idea that matter is evil and spirit good.
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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, in English Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austin, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western C ...more
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