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[Augustine] O’Donnell, Augustine: A New Biography.

[Augustine] O'Donnell, Augustine: A New Biography.

[Augustine] O’Donnell, James J. Augustine: A New Biography. First Edition. New York, Ecco / HarperCollins, 2005. 16cm x 23.5cm. 416 pages. Original hardcover with dustjacket. Deckle edges. Excellent condition.

Augustine, sinner and saint, the celebrated 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. Augustine: A New Biography tells the story of Augustine from the vantage point of Hippo, where he spent almost forty years as priest and bishop. During Augustine’s post-Confessions years he became prominent as a churchman, politician, and writer, and James J. 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 rich in vivid primary material about the events of his time. Prosperous men converting to Christianity to get ahead, priests covering up their sexual and financial peccadilloes, generals playing coldly calculated games of Roman barbarian geopolitics — these are the figures who stand out in Augustine’s world and who populate O’Donnell’s intriguing portrait set against a background of the battle over the future of Christianity. This book reveals much of what Augustine didn’t confess. [From publisher’s note]

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[Augustine] O'Donnell, Augustine: A New Biography.
[Augustine] O’Donnell, Augustine: A New Biography.

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