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By Henry Chadwick

The existence and works of Augustine of Hippo (354-430) have formed the advance of the Christian Church, sparking controversy and influencing the information of theologians via next centuries. His phrases are nonetheless usually quoted in devotions in the course of the international Church at the present time. His key issues hold a outstanding modern relevance - what's the position of the Church on this planet? what's the relation among nature and charm?

Augustine's highbrow improvement is mentioned with readability and heat during this newly rediscovered biography of Augustine, as interpreted by means of the acclaimed church historian, the overdue Professor Henry Chadwick. Augustine's highbrow trip from schoolboy and scholar to Bishop and champion of Western Christendom in a interval of excessive political upheaval, is narrated in Chadwick's traditionally rigorous but sympathetic kind.

With a foreword by way of Peter Brown reflecting on Chadwick's precise method of Augustine.

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That the dialectical ascent which this passage describes remains important to him can be seen from its reproduction in a letter of 410 (E 120. 2. 11–12). Monnica had wished to be buried beside her husband. At Ostia she realized it would not be so. But ‘nothing is far from God; there is no fear that he will not know where I am at the resurrection of the dead’. A verse epitaph was later composed for her tomb by an admirer of the Confessions, the consular Anicius Bassus. Until 1945 this epitaph was known only through a copy made by a medieval pilgrim.

Admittedly he did not wholly keep his own advice, and soon found that a bishop has no more bitter critic than a conservative layman offended by liturgical change (R 2. 11). To return to Rome was to come back to the city where he had been closely associated with the Manichees. In 387– 8 he wrote there further works of anti-Manichee polemic on the problem of evil and the nature of the soul, and especially began a substantial work On Freedom of Choice (De libero arbitrio). This work he discovered later to be widely read.

10), and was shocked. It was explicable (he felt) only because St Peter’s is so far from the Pope’s residence on the Lateran or because the place is beset by vast crowds of tourists bringing their customs from elsewhere; surely it cannot be a native Roman practice. In his later attempts to clean up African celebrations of martyrs, the Roman practice was tellingly cited against his reforming zeal. Roman custom was to fast on Saturday (apparently in commemoration of an incident in the conflict between St Peter T 41 back to thagaste and Simon Magus described in the apocryphal Acts of Peter as occurring on a Saturday).

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