Wisdom From Africa: Theological Reflections on the Confessions of St. Augustine

Wisdom From Africa: Theological Reflections on the Confessions of St. Augustine

by Ronald D. Burris, J. Alfred Smith

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This book offers an in-depth analysis and theological reflection on the thirteen books of Augustine's Confessions. It seeks to cover the major points raised by Augustine in his Confessions and discuss them in a way that will give insight and encouragement to the reader. This work does not propose to reflect on every section of every book of the Confessions, but rather to discuss the major points noted in each book. In addition, thoughtful questions are listed at the end of each chapter, to stimulate further discussion and hopefully encourage personal questions as well. Because Augustine's Confessions are an honest assessment of his failures as well as his final victory in Christ, there is something for everyone in the pages of this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498279499
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ronald D. Burris is Associate Professor of Church History at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. He is the author of Where is the Church? Martyrdom, Persecution, and Baptism in North Africa from the Second to the Fifth Century (2012).

Table of Contents

Foreword J. Alfred Smith Sr. ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Infancy and Boyhood 1

2 Adolescence 14

3 College Days at Carthage 23

4 Adulthood (19-29) 33

5 God's Hidden Providence 44

6 From Disappointment to Hope 52

7 Ideas concerning God and the Problem of Evil 65

8 St Antony / Conversion 75

9 Baptism and Death 87

10 Memory 99

11 Time and Eternity 113

12 Creation of Heaven and Earth 125

13 Hidden Meanings in Gods Creative Act 134

Bibliography 143

Index 147

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