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St. Augustine (354 – 430)

Nationality: Italian
Born: Algerian
Periods: Italian: Pre-1375

Bishop and influential Christian theologian.

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Criticism about St. Augustine

This site offers links to texts and translations of Augustine’s works, critical essays and papers, and related sites. It also has many images of Augustine, which makes it rather slow to load.
Contains: Pictures, Commentary, Criticism, Webliography, Works Available
Author: Professor James J. O’Donnell
Augustine and the Greek Philosophers
A lengthy comparative essay. Part of the Saint Augustine Lecture Series at Villanova University.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism,
Author: John F. Callahan
Augustine on Personality
Part of the Saint Augustine Lecture Series at Villanova University. “Saint Augustine appears to me to be the first thinker who brought into prominence and undertook an analysis of the philosophical and psychological concepts of person and personality. These ideas, so vital to contemporary man, shape not only Augustine’s own doctrine on God but also his philosophy of man. … I shall show that this doctrine of the person … serves to bring Augustine’s creative genius and originality to the fore. … I shall make the further point that this doctrine has been a decisive factor in fashioning the modern world. Indeed, it is precisely this which makes him belong to the world of today and of tomorrow.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism,
Author: Father Paul Henry, S.J.
Augustine: Table of Contents
This series of essays on Augustine and his works were written by a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The topics include: Augustine the African, Christian Doctrine, Christianity and Society, Christ and the Soul, Confessions, and Reconsiderations. The page also provides a bibliography.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Professor James J. O’Donnell
From: Augustine (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1985) in the series, Twayne World Authors 759
The Resurrection and St. Augustine’s Theology of Human Values
Part of the Saint Augustine Lecture Series at Villanova University. “Saint Augustine has often been charged with a kind of contempt for specifically human values and for those subordinated goals of human conduct which obviously occupy a secondary place. This reproach has been formulated especially in placing St. Augustine’s theology in opposition to that of St. Thomas. … It is a completely unwarranted oversimplification to summarize the whole development of theological thought by reducing it to an opposition of two rival or complementary currents.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism,
Author: Henri I. Marrou
St. Augustine and Christian Platonism
Part of the Saint Augustine Lecture Series at Villanova University. “Most people who have studied St. Augustine would be prepared to accept the description of him as a Christian Platonist, indeed perhaps the greatest, and certainly the most influential, of Christian Platonists. But this description, when we look at it more carefully, raises a great many questions. … It therefore seems worth while to explore the question of where St. Augustine stands within Christian Platonism, to enquire what he has in common with and where he differs from other Christian Platonists.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism,
Author: A. Hilary Armstrong

Biographical sites about St. Augustine

Africa (354-383)
This selection from the first chapter of a biography on St. Augustine discusses his early life.
Contains: Extensive Bio
Author: Gary Wills
From: Saint Augustine Chapter 1; Lipper/Viking: 1999
Augustine (354-430)
A detailed biography of the author, including brief discussions of his works.
Contains: Full Bio
Author: James Fieser, Ph.D., general editor
From: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/
St. Augustine
A biography of the author, with bibliography, and links to other useful sources.
Contains: Pictures, Full Bio, Bibliography, Webliography, Works Available
Author: Robert Sarkissian
From: Island of Freedom http://www.island-of-freedom.com/index.htm

Other sites about St. Augustine

Augustine: Selected Bibliography
A bibliography of the works of Augustine and useful secondary sources for beginning students of the author.
Contains: Bibliography, Works List
Author: Professor James J. O’Donnell
The Authority of Augustine
An essay on the influence of Augustine over the centuries.
Contains: Commentary
Author: Professor James J. O’Donnell
The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations: St. Augustine
Part of “The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations”, an online exhibit which “examines some of the high spots of the western literary canon. It explores the foundations of their iconographic standing, demonstrating how they arrive at this status through a variety of means, and not always on the basis of their literary worth. The exhibition gives special focus to how printers, publishers, editors, illustrators, and translators have used the icon of the classic text as a venue for their own agendas.”
Author: Christopher Barth, Virginia Haas, Sarah McDanie
From: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee – Special Collections Library

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