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By Gerald Bonner

Aurelius Augustinus (354-430), bishop of Hippo Regius (the smooth Annaba in Algeria), is taken into account one of many striking thinkers in Western Christian civilization, Catholic and Protestant alike. really influential has been his pessimistic doctrine of divine predestination, which holds that just a small share of humanity has been chosen by way of God for salvation, whereas the overpowering majority, together with all unbaptized folks, are damned. but, mockingly, Augustine's exposition of the Eucharistic solidarity of the choose within the physique of Christ, his Christology, and his emphasis on love because the central mark of the Godhead have supplied a trend for Christian devotion and spirituality down in the course of the ages.

This publication seeks to provide an explanation for this paradox in Augustine's theology via tracing how those varied emphases arose in his idea, and speculating as to why he counseled, in any case, his theology of predestination. The e-book is meant not just for college kids of theology and church historical past, yet much more for readers interested in Christian doctrine. Written in trouble-free language, it offers enough references to unique assets for these wishing to extra pursue the topic.

The writer, a historian became theologian, has studied Augustine for greater than sixty years and seeks neither to extenuate nor to sentence him, yet to depict his proposal. His booklet will turn out fruitful for all who have interaction it.

concerning the AUTHOR:

Gerald Bonner is collage reader emeritus on the college of Durham. From 1991 to 1994 he was once wonderful professor of early Christian reviews within the college of non secular experiences on the Catholic college of the USA. he's the writer or editor of a number of books together with St. Augustine of Hippo: lifestyles and Controversies and The Monastic Rules.

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"As a well known and revered Augustinian student, Gerald Bonner does a masterful activity of laying off mild in this paradox present in the writings and sermons of Augustine. . . . His booklet will end up very priceless not just to the individual already engaged within the learn of Augustinian theology but additionally the start up as well." ― John C. Meyer, Catholic Books Review

"Covering a diverse variety of subject matters in the confines of a publication of in basic terms 142 pages is a outstanding travel de strength, whatever which purely an erudite Augustine student akin to Gerald Bonner is ready to accomplish. . . . The author's lucid literary sort, with its meticulous selection of wording, makes this e-book a excitement to learn and a storehouse of quotable words. He amply demonstrates his familiarity with numerous writings of Augustine (his anti-Pelagian writings, epistles, sermons, early dialogues, and, after all, his masterpieces (Confessions, De civitate Dei, De Trinitate)), which vastly contributes to the richness of the paintings. This nice research not just presents a clean, balanced view of Pelagianism, it does a similar of Augustine. . . . each one bankruptcy of this concise book includes this type of wealth of insights and sufficient meals for idea to make it worthy studying back and again." ― Geert Van Reyn, Augustiniana

"Bonner writes with sensitivity and complexity on Augustine's perspectives of freedom, accountability, and predestination. One senses his bafflement and unhappiness with an Augustine he essentially loves who couldn't see his option to rejecting the stunning effects of his predestinarianism." ― Speculum

"This booklet is the fruit of decades of idea and writing. Its writer writes with a readability which displays this quiet maturing of its conclusions. . . . Bonner is visibly understanding not only what Augustine fairly concept and why, yet what's to be made from it by means of the trendy believer, together with himself. this can be an technique Augustine himself might have warmed to. He cherished not anything higher as an writer than a decent understanding of experimental an

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