Scholarship has painted many pictures of Augustine - the philosophical theologian, the refuter of heresy, or contributor to doctrines like Original Sin - but the picture of Augustine as preacher, says Sanlon, has been seriously neglected. When academics marginalize the Sermones ad Populum, the real Augustine is not presented accurately. In this study, Sanlon does more, however, than rehabilitate a neglected view of Augustine. How do the theological convictions that Augustine brought to his preaching challenge, sustain, or shape our work today? By presenting Augustine's thought on preaching to contemporary readers Sanlon contributes a major new piece to the ongoing reconsideration of preaching in the modern day, a consideration that is relevant to all branches of the twenty-first century church.
Peter T. Sanlon earned his doctorate from Cambridge University under the supervision of David Ford. He has taught at Oak Hill College, London and is now distance-education tutor in Systematic Theology at St. John's College, Nottingham. Peter is Vicar of St. Mark's Church, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Prior to ordination in the Church of England he was a speechwriter to a peer in the House of Lords.