By Paul R. Kolbet
Augustine and the therapy of Souls situates Augustine in the historical philosophical culture of utilizing phrases to reserve feelings. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's notion, from his earliest pre-baptismal writings to his ultimate acts as bishop, revealing a guy deeply indebted to the Roman previous and but extraordinarily Christian. instead of supplanting his classical studying, Augustine's Christianity reinvigorated accurately these parts of Roman knowledge that he believed have been slipping into decadence. particularly, Kolbet addresses the style within which Augustine not just used classical rhetorical concept to specific his theological imaginative and prescient, but in addition infused it with theological content.
This publication bargains a clean interpreting of Augustine's writings--particularly his a variety of, notwithstanding usually ignored, sermons--and presents an obtainable element of access into the nice North African bishop's lifestyles and thought.
"For somebody who doesn't understand Augustine good this e-book may be a good advent to his notion from a completely an important perspective. Augustine's preaching, instructing, and makes an attempt to arrive the minds and hearts of his congregation were principally ignored. This booklet has the nice advantage of demonstrating why those have been important." --Carol Harrison, Durham University
"In this insightful and lucid research Kolbet leads his readers around the obstacles of historic philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and theology. He examines the traditional perform of the 'cure of the soul' and charts its Christian appropriation via Augustine. the quantity deals its personal medicinal promise--the reordering of our modern figuring out of early Christianity and its advanced organization with classical culture." --John Peter Kenney, St. Michael's College
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