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Augustine : a new biography

Author: James Joseph O'Donnell
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Augustine, sinner and saint, the theologian who served as bishop of Hippo from 396 C.E. until his death in 430 C.E., is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the western world. During his post-Confessions years he became prominent as a churchman, politician, and writer, and O'Donnell looks back at the events in the Confessions from this period in Augustine's life. Much of Augustine's writing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.; Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Joseph O'Donnell
ISBN: 0060535377 9780060535377
OCLC Number: 56482389
Description: ix, 396 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The view from Africa --
Augustine confesses --
A modern classic --
Augustine unvarnished --
Augustine in his books --
Augustine in public --
Augustine and the invention of Christianity --
The Augustinian putsch in Africa --
Loomings --
Augustine's great failure --
Augustine the theologians --
Who was Augustine?
Responsibility: James J. O'Donnell.

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Augustine, sinner and saint, the theologian who served as bishop of Hippo from 396 C.E. until his death in 430 C.E., is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the western world. During his post-Confessions years he became prominent as a churchman, politician, and writer, and O'Donnell looks back at the events in the Confessions from this period in Augustine's life. Much of Augustine's writing consists of sermons and letters about the events of his time: prosperous men converting to Christianity to get ahead, priests covering up sexual and financial peccadilloes, generals playing coldly calculated games of Roman geopolitics--these are the figures who stand out in Augustine's world and who populate O'Donnell's portrait, set against a background of the battle over the future of Christianity.--From publisher description.

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Augustine through Post-Modern Windows

by hburchell (WorldCat user published 2012-04-08) Very Good Permalink

O'Donnel's work should be viewed less in light of its academic value (though excellent scholarship is seen), as much as its role in introducing Augustine of Hippo to a Post-Modern audience.  He attempts to neither sling mud nor right a stirring hagiography.  Instead, he presents various...
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