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Augustine has been called the greatest man possessed by the Christian church between Paul and Luther. His writings continue to be read and studied, and they continue to influence the church.

But where does one turn to discover what Augustine wrote concerning theological topics such as Scripture, God, Christ, humanity, salvation? How can one find out what Augustine said about the relation between faith and reason, about evil, about ethics?

Identifying the key passages in Augustine’s works on any one topic can be exhausting and even impossible for the student. In this volume such passages are quoted, allowing students to become acquainted with one of Christendom’s greatest theologians through his own words and in a volume of manageable length.

Each quote or group of quotes is summarized by a sentence heading, which in turn is part of a well-organized outline. In the chapter on faith and reason, for example, the quoted material is divided into these major groupings: (1) reason precedes initial faith, (2) faith precedes full reasoning or understanding, (3) reason or understanding is the reward of faith, (4) reason can stand on its own for faith, (5) reason helps confirm faith, (6) faith goes beyond reason, and (7) faith never goes against reason, nor reason against faith.

The editor has drawn on a wide variety of sources, including Augustine’s theological writings, sermons, letters, and Confessions. All quotations are documented, providing the reader easy access to the full context of each excerpt.

Author Bio

Norman L. Geisler (1932– ) has taught at the university and graduate level for over 50 years. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, William Tyndale College, and Loyola University, and is known for his scholarly contributions to the subjects of Christian apologetics, theology, and philosophy. 

After his studies, he became Wheaton's graduate assistant in the Bible-Philosophy department. He has since taught theology, apologetics, and philosophy at Detroit Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Dallas Theological Seminary, and was dean of Liberty Center for Research and Scholarship in Lynchburg, VA.

In 1992, Geisler co-founded Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2007, he co-founded Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, where he serves as chancellor and distinguished professor of Apologetics.

Geisler is the author or co-author of over 80 books, including the books in the Norman L. Geisler Collection, The Norman L. Geisler Apologetics Library, and his three-volume Systematic Theology