A New Biography
By: James Joseph O'Donnell
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Hardback / 416 pages
Publication Date: April 2005
The first biography to tell the whole story of St.
Augustine picks up where the saint's "Confessions" left
off. 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
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.
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