Augustine is widely considered to be the most influential theologian in church history after the apostle Paul. Dramatically converted from a life of licentiousness to one of wholehearted devotion to Christ, the humble North African pastor quickly established himself as a leading figure within the ancient church. In Augustine on the Christian Life, historian Gerald Bray explores the rich spirituality of this extraordinary man, examining his historical context, approach to the Christian life, and work as a preacher and teacher of God’s Word. Drawing on Augustine’s many writings—including his classic spiritual autobiography, the Confessions—Bray demonstrates Augustine’s enduring relevance for Christians today.
“Evil is therefore a defect—the absence or perversion of what is good—not a power or substance in its own right” (Page 24)
“This was to become one of the most significant ways in which Augustine would discover truth as a Christian, and so it is important to understand how it first came into his life.” (Page 24)
“As he put it, ‘I loved my own sin, not because of what it gave me, but for the pleasure of sinning in itself.’12” (Page 55)
“he called his son Adeodatus (‘given by God’), the Latin equivalent of the Greek Theodoros (Theodore” (Page 22)
“The more he came to understand of God, the less he trusted in himself and his own resources.” (Page 50)