Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography

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St. Augustine was undoubtedly one of the great thinkers of the early church. Yet it has long been assumed--and not without reason--that the main lines of Augustine's thought have been more or less fixed since his death. That insofar as we should be aware of him in the twenty-first century, he is a figure described-if not circumscribed--by his times.

A major revisionist treatment of Augustine's life and thought, Saint Augustine of Hippo overturns this assumption. In a stimulating and provocative reinterpretation of Augustine's ideas and their position in the Western intellectual tradition, Miles Hollingworth, though well versed in the latest scholarship, draws his inspiration largely from the actual narrative of Augustine's life. By this means he reintroduces a cardinal but long-neglected fact to the center of Augustinian studies: that there is a direct line from Augustine's own early experiences of life to his later commentaries on humanity. Augustine's new Christianity did not--in blunt assaults of dogma and doctrine--obliterate what had gone before. Instead, it actually caught a subtle and reflective mind at the point when it was despairing of finding the truth. Christianity vindicated a disquiet that Augustine had been feeling all along: he felt that it alone had spoken to his serious rage about man, abandoned to the world and dislocated from all real understanding by haunting glimpses of the Divine.

A major new treatment of Augustine on all fronts, this superb intellectual biography shines a bright light on a genuinely neglected element in his writings. In so doing it introduces us to Augustine as he emerges from the unique circumstances of his early life, struggling with ironies and inconsistencies that we might just find in our own lives as well.

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Miles Hollingworth is a philosopher, writing on the Western tradition - its key texts and figures. For the last number of years his work has focused on the life and thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. His latest book is Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography.

Review:

"This book is good for the soul." --Cole Moreton, Daily Telegraph

"It is one of the best books about Augustine that I have ever read." --Jonathan Wright, The Catholic Herald

"The delight of Miles Hollingworth's new intellectual biography of Augustine is to make [his] often complex theology accessible, and to use it to interrogate one of the Christian Roman empire's most sophisticated and innovative minds." --Christopher Kelly, BBC History Magazine

”[An] ambitious and comprehensive work” --Bishop Michael Dublin & Glendalough, Church of Ireland Gazette

"A serious, well-written, provocatively argued book that anyone with even a pretense of interest in intellectual history will want to read." --Joseph Bottum, Weekly Standard

"This is a book whose style and feel are really worthy of Augustine himself--humane and probing, full of telling metaphor and seriousness about the strangeness of human experience. It is capable of doing for a new generation a great deal of what Peter Brown's epochal biography did half a century ago." --Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

"Hollingworth shows why it is that Augustine has such broad appeal; not just because he finds him surprisingly humane and enlightened about our propensity to sin but because of the positive spin that he puts on the absence of God experience and the hope of meaning that his interpretation of the restless heart gives to those who suffer existential angst and radical doubt. This is therefore a book for all seekers after the Truth: theist and atheist as well as all lovers of Augustine." --Margaret Lane, Theology

"I think this is the book on Augustine which Pope Benedict would have wanted to write.” --Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

"Learned and well documented." --Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Claremont Review of Books

"Hollingworth’s biography exercises the reader’s historical, philosophical, psychological, and psychoanalytic imagination – it is at turns invigorating, perplexing, and infuriating." --Melanie Webb, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Hollingworth brings out the underlying vision and the lived meaning of Augustine’s thought... This book shares Augustine’s concern to relate his life to the reader’s own, and to require of readers an engagement with their own cultural and personal history. It is at times demanding, even frustrating. Readers will probably vary widely in their judgement of its success or failure, but success or failure must also attend upon the reader’s work, as she or he squares up to Augustine’s vision." --Richard Finn, O.P., Journal of Theological Studies

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