Conversations, History, Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

St. Augustine – Best Books on His Life and Work

St. Augustine Best Books

This week marked the birthday of St. Augustine (b. 354 CE) — one of the church’s most heralded theologians. Although hundreds of books have been written on his life and work, we offer this list of our picks for the best books out there…

 

 *** What books on St. Augustine would you add to this list?

 
 

St. Augustine Best BooksOn Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Reading Augustine Series)

Joseph Clair

Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars.

The looming crisis in higher education appears to be a matter of soaring costs and crushing student debt, but the problem is actually much deeper. It is a crisis of soul; a question of the very purpose of learning and the type of people that our educational system produces. Today, in the age of academic hyper-specialization and professional knowledge, the moral and spiritual purposes of learning have been eclipsed by a shallow view of career and success. On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning turns to the influential figure Augustine of Hippo to explore how he saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire and how his inspiring vision can do the same for higher education today. It offers a roadmap for reviving the soul of education – presenting concrete ways that the intellectual practices and economic enterprise of learning can lead once more to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


3 Comments

  1. What about Lane Fox’s biography?

  2. Augustine and the Catechumenate by Harmless is one of my favorites!

  3. I would add Augustine and the Jews by Paula Fredriksen.