Why You Need Augustine

Coleman Ford | April 11, 2016


After Jesus and Paul, perhaps no other figure in history has defined the Christian faith as much as Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430). His influence was perceived not only in his own lifetime, but also in church councils that came after him and in the religious thought-world of medieval Western Europe. His authority was cited by Reformers (and counter-Reformers); his theological insight was infused within 17th- and 18th-century Reformed theology and spirituality; his philosophical notions continue to fuel discussion; and his life continues to be the topic of biographical literature. It’s clear that Christians and non-Christians alike are fascinated by the life of Augustine.

Gerald Bray—research professor of divinity, history, and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama—has produced an important volume on Augustine’s theology and approach to the Christian life. In doing so, Bray has faithfully represented the spirit of the Theologians on the Christian Life series from Crossway. This volume, though only recently released, should be read before any others in the series. The likes of John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, and others have Augustine to thank for their own theological positions.

Reading Bray’s Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God is an ad fontes call of sorts, imploring readers to reflect and consider…


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