By Paul R. Kolbet

Augustine and the treatment of Souls situates Augustine in the historic philosophical culture of utilizing phrases to reserve feelings. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine’s idea, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his ultimate acts as bishop, revealing a guy deeply indebted to the Roman prior and but notably Christian. instead of supplanting his classical studying, Augustine’s Christianity reinvigorated accurately these parts of Roman knowledge that he believed have been slipping into decadence. specifically, Kolbet addresses the style during which Augustine not just used classical rhetorical conception to specific his theological imaginative and prescient, but additionally infused it with theological content material. This ebook deals a clean interpreting of Augustine’s writings—particularly his a number of, notwithstanding usually overlooked, sermons—and presents an obtainable element of access into the good North African bishop’s lifestyles and thought.

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