Abingdon Pillars of Theology is a series for the college and seminary classroom designed to help students grasp the basic and necessary facts, influence, and significance of major theologians. Written by major scholars, these books will outline the context, methodology, organizing principles, method, primary contributions, and major writings of people who have shaped theology as we know it today.
For many, all theology subsequent to Augustine is a footnote. He is influential, even today, because of his doctrinal formulations, but even more important, Augustine is a stimulating thinker and constant inquirer.
Starting with his philosophical interest in Platonism, which set the framework for his thinking, Eugene TeSelle examines the major themes of Augustine's thought following a more or less chronological order including human fulfillment, evil, creation, the human self, the church and its doctrines, the course of human history, and the relation of Christianity to political matters. Even those who think he was wrong in his conclusions can respect Augustine's willingness to confront problems and think through their implications.
1. Augustines Journey
2. Reasons Quest: Augustine the Platonist
3. Why Evil? Answering the Manichaeans
4. Time and Creation: Threats to Freedom?
5. Original Sin and Predestination: Threats to Freedom?
6. The Church and the Sacraments: Unity in Grace across Space and Time
7. Trinity and Incarnation: Shaping Doctrine in the West
8. Citizens and Sojourners: Living in Two Cities
9. The Sunset Years: Creating a Heritage
10. Footnotes, Queries, and Obituaries to Augustine
Citations from Augustines Works
Citations from Other Ancient Authors
Citations from Modern Authors
Index of Topics, Places, and Persons
Augustine by Eugene TeSelle was published by Abingdon Press in March 2006 and is our 41270th best seller. The ISBN for Augustine is 9780687053612.