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Augustine A Guide for the Perplexed

by James Wetzel

Part of the Guides for the Perplexed Series

Augustine A Guide for the Perplexed Synopsis

A student's guide to the life and work of Augustine, widely read in Philosophy and Christian Theology, but a notoriously challenging thinker.Western theology and philosophy without Augustine is almost inconceivable. He turned Pauline eschatology into a psychology of redemption and bequeathed to the Christianity of his day its profoundest sense of the adventure of soul. His offerings to philosophy included a staggeringly important but highly problematic conception of will, a new kind of introspection, and a sense of providential order that seemed paradoxically to demand a secular politics. Augustine: A Guide for the Perplexed takes up the major concerns of Augustine's complex and evolving thought and accords them a form that allows readers to think with Augustine as well as about him. Aimed at students whose prior acquaintance with Augustine may be minimal or nonexistent, this book follows a guiding thread or two through the labyrinth of his polemical, exegetical, dogmatic and speculative writings. This is the ideal companion to the study of this most influential and challenging of thinkers. Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

Augustine A Guide for the Perplexed Press Reviews

Aimed at readers whose prior acquaintance with Augustine may be minimal or nonexistent, this book follows a guiding thread or two through the labyrinth of his polemical, exegetical, dogmatic and speculative writings. This is the ideal companion to the study of this most influential and challenging of thinkers. Zentrum Fur Augustinusforschung in Wurzburg, April 2010. Mentioned in 'New titles' section in The Church Times, April 2010. Reviewed in Expository Times--Ian Clausen, New College, University of Edinburgh Expository Times 'Wetzel successfully guides the perplexed and educates the ignorant' Methodist Recorder, August 19th 2010 'Wetzel appears theologian, philosopher and poet all in one, much like Augustine, and the prologue alone is worth reading for it's sheer literary merit.'--Sanford Lakoff Writing for the perplexed, whether they be philosopher or theologian, secular or religious, Wetzel makes Augustine our guide by helping us see how his passion for God is compatible with, indeed requires, knowing how to go on when you don't know where you are. Not only does Wetzel help us understand Augustine, but he helps us understand our inability to understand ourselves. Only someone who has learned from Augustine how to live without protection could have written such a beautiful book. - Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School, USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847061959
Publication date: 8th April 2010
Author: James Wetzel
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Christian theology, Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600,

About James Wetzel

James Wetzel is Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, USA and holder of the Augustinian Endowed Chair in the Thought of Saint Augustine.

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