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What Are They Saying about Augustine?


Paulist Press 2014

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What Are They Saying about Augustine? overviews the best contemporary scholarship on influential church father Augustine of Hippo. Using the latest and best research, scholar Joseph T. Kelley reviews Augustine’s life, sermons and letters, doctrinal writings, pastoral work, and personal faith and spirituality. Augustine emerges as a dynamic thinker struggling to integrate his Christian faith with the demands of reason, and to discern Christian meaning amidst the political and social controversies that plagued the late-Roman world. Kelley demonstrates that Augustine’s life and dynamic faith are surprisingly relevant to the contemporary Christian.

The early- and mid-twentieth century saw new scholarly interest in Augustine. His persistent influence on Christian theology was evident at the Second Vatican Council—his thought is cited liberally in Council documents. Since the Council there has been an explosion in Augustine studies, marked largely by the shift from doctrinal to historical approaches and methodologies. New appreciations of Augustine’s pastoral role have arisen from careful study of his sermons and letters, several of which have been rediscovered in recent decades.

Controversy about Augustine’s teachings on original sin, human sexuality, and the relationship of church and state continue. However, contemporary scholarship invites both his defenders and detractors to reconsider their long-standing presumptions about Augustine.

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Key Features

  • Surveys recent scholarship on Augustine
  • Discusses contemporary Catholic understanding on Augustine’s life and theology
  • Presents a balanced perspective on this Church Father


  • Life: Meeting Augustine
  • Writings I: Major Books
  • Writings II: Theological Controversies, Sermons and Letters, and Revisions
  • Legacy I: Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Legacy II: Reformation to Today
  • New Directions in Recent Research
  • Meeting Augustine Anew: New Studies of His Life and Other Resources

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About Joseph T. Kelley

Joseph T. Kelley is professor of religious and theological studies at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on Prayer and 101 Questions and Answers on the Last Four Things in the 101 Questions and Answers Series.

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