Saint Augustine by Garry Wills
A Life (Penguin Lives Biographies)

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Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills brings the same fresh scholarship, lively prose, and critical appreciation that characterize his well-known books on religion and American history to this outstanding biography of one of the most influential Christian philosophers.

Saint Augustine follows its subject from his youth in fourth-century Africa to his conversion and subsequent development as a theologian. It challenges the widely held misconceptions about Augustine’s sexual excesses and shows how, in embracing classical philosophy, Augustine managed to enlist “pagan authors” in the defense of Christianity. The result is a biography that makes a spiritual ancestor feel like our contemporary.


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GARRY WILLS has written many acclaimed works and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Published June 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In the West, Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is most famous for his teaching on original sin. He believed, and the Catholic Church continues to affirm, that we are all marked from birth with the stain of

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Ambrose and John Chrysostom: Clerics between Desert and Empire.

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"An observer of human contradiction, Augustine was always his own best subject of study," writes Garry Wills of this controversial Christian theologian (354-430).

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