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?

 
 

The Mestizo Augustine: A Theologian Between Two Cultures 

Justo González

Few thinkers have been as influential as Augustine of Hippo. His writings, such as Confessions and City of God, have left an indelible mark on Western Christianity. He has become so synonymous with Christianity in the West that we easily forget he was a man of two cultures: African and Greco-Roman. The mixture of African Christianity and Greco-Roman rhetoric and philosophy gave his theology and ministry a unique potency in the cultural ferment of the late Roman empire. Augustine experienced what Latino/a theology calls mestizaje, which means being of a mixed background. Cuban American historian and theologian Justo González looks at the life and legacy of Augustine from the perspective of his own Latino heritage and finds in the bishop of Hippo a remarkable resource for the church today. The mestizo Augustine can serve as a lens by which to see afresh not only the history of Christianity but also our own culturally diverse world.



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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.