By his writings, the surviving bulk of which exceeds that of any other ancient author, Augustine came to influence not only his contemporaries but also the West since his time. This Very Short Introduction traces the development of Augustine's thought, discussing his reaction to the thinkers before him, and themes such as freedom, creation, and the trinity.
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Henry Chadwick, formerly Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Among his other books are Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition, Priscillian of Avila, and Boethius: The Consolations of Music, Logic, Theology, and Philosophy (all published by OUP). He has also published an annotated translation of Augustine's Confessions (Oxford World's Classics), and, with his brother Owen, is General Editor of the Oxford History of the Christian Church.
List of illustrations ; 1. The formation of Augustine's mind: Cicero, Mani, Plato, Christ ; 2. Liberal arts ; 3. Free choice ; 4. A philosophical society ; 5. Vocation ; 6. Confessions ; 7. Unity and division ; 8. Creation and the Trinity ; 9. City of God ; 10. Nature and grace ; Further reading ; Index