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Augustine and the Cure of Souls situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's thought, from his earliest prebaptismal writings to his final acts as bishop, revealing a man deeply indebted to the Roman past and yet distinctly Christian. Rather than supplanting his classical learning, Augustine's Christianity reinvigorated precisely those elements of Roman wisdom that he believed were slipping into decadence. In particular, Kolbet addresses the manner in which Augustine not only used classical rhetorical theory to express his theological vision but also infused it with theological content.

This book offers a fresh reading of Augustine's writings - particularly his numerous though often neglected sermons - and provides an accessible point of entry into the great North African bishop's life and thought.

The book is published by University of Notre Dame Press.

©2010 University of Notre Dame (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A masterful job of surveying the classical literature of ancient therapeutic practice and showing how Augustine relates to it at the various stages of his development." ( Anglican Theological Review)
"This study is a new and promising step in the very recent and blooming study of Augustine's sermons." ( Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law)
"A fine and thought-provoking book." ( The Medieval Review)

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