Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Augustine

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Augustine

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CLARK, MAY T., R.S.CJ. Augustine. (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. 1994. Pp. xxiv, 136. $35.00 clothbound; $17.95 paperback.) Of the making of books about Augustine there seems to be no end. And that includes general introductions as well as monographs on narrow topics. Why another introduction? A series entitled "Outstanding Christian Thinkers" could hardly omit a volume on the greatest patristic influence in the history of western theology. Sister Mary Clark brings great knowledge, sympathy, and long experience to the task of putting all of Augustine into a few pages. Despite its brevity, this book manages to give some consideration to almost every aspect of Augustine starting with his biography. Given the author's special interest and expertise in the philosophical roots of Augustine, it is not surprising that she concentrates on Augustine's philosophical development, including a chapter toward the end on his relationship to Neo-Platonism.

All the significant aspects of Augustine's theology are here: knowledge, happiness, morality, grace and freedom, the Trinity. …

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