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The Apostle from Africa: The Life and Thought of Augustine of Hippo [Paperback]

By David Bentley-Taylor (Author)
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"Augustine entered both the Church and the world as a revolutionary force, and not merely created an epoch in the history of the Church, but... determined the course of its history in the West up to the present day. The whole development of Western life, in all its phases, was powerfully affected by his teaching." B. B. Warfield"After Jesus and Paul, Augustine of Hippo is the most influential figure in the history of Christianity." Christian History magazine Born 700 years after Plato and dying 400 years after Jesus' crucifixion, Augustine was outstanding amongst Christian thinkers. All around the Mediterranean leading men hung on his words.One of the most remarkable things about Augustine's influence is the fact that it flows into radically opposing religious movements. He is cherished as one of the fathers of the Roman Catholic Church, and yet it was Augustine who gave us the Reformation - not only because Luther was an Augustinian monk, or that Calvin quoted Augustine more than any other theologian, but because the Reformation witnessed the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace.David Bentley Taylor has managed to give us a thorough introduction to the man.

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Studio: Christian Focus
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.94" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 21, 2002
Publisher   Christian Focus Publications
ISBN  1857924711  
ISBN13  9781857924718  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Bentley-Taylor's missionary service began in China, and continued later in Java. For many years he travelled widely on behalf of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

David Bentley-Taylor currently resides in Felicity. David Bentley-Taylor was born in 1915.

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More than simply a biography  May 14, 2004
The best thing about this biography is that it doesn't simply relay the facts about Augustine's life and leave it at that. In fact, probably less than half of the book is about what Augustine did. The rest focuses on what he believed, from his doctrine of Scripture to his soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. The reader gets a broad picture of not only who Augustine was, but also what impact he had on the church at his own time and beyond.

That being said, it is unfortunate that Bentley-Taylor's semi-Pelagian leanings come through so clearly as he writes. When explaining Augustine's views, especially in the area of soteriology, he often discards or trivializes them as wrong or antiquated with no real argument or explanation. I wish an Augustinian had written this biography, or at least that Bentley-Taylor had made more of an effort to argue his position rather than simply write off Augustine's views.

Despite this one complaint, this is very much a worthy read. It is inspiring and comforting to learn about such a man as Augustine, particularly of how the power of the gospel changed him so drastically. And it is a marvellously well-written biography, engaging and clear throughout. Anyone who wishes to learn more about this giant of church history, or anyone to wants to read of a great example of God's saving power would enjoy this book.

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Augustine the Man  Jun 21, 2003
Good book with lots of information. Not a heavy read, but best read by serious students.
Lots of historical info about the people and times that Augustine lived in.
One example was the description of a Goth leader who threatened Africa. The Goth's ships were wrecked in a storm. The followers of this leader diverted a river's flow, buried the guy in the river bed, and then let the river run back in the original bed. Then all the people who had worked to divert the flow were killed in order to keep the site a secret.
Lots of good insight into St Augustine and his views about common place things in life.
Overall a good book. Short, only about 170 pages. A couple of drawings and maps at the back help the reader understand the geography of the Mediteranean/North Africa area.
Helpful introduction to Augustine  Jan 5, 2003
Bentley-Taylor's book is short [166 pages of text] and easy to read. It includes a plentiful supply of short quotations from Augustine, tells the story of his life and gives an introduction to his writings. It is written from an evangelical point of view, but the author's theological perspective is not intrusive.

In the course of telling the story, he mentions lots of names of people from Augustine's times who modern readers will not be familiar with. This may be necessary, but it would be helpful if he had told us a little more about some of these people, as on occasion, the story seems to be little more than a string of names.

The author is not afraid to tell us where he thinks Augustine made mistakes. He is also fairly generous with him, and explains that many of Augustine's quirky ideas [to us today] are a product of his times.

I highly recommend the book as a simple introduction to one of the most important people in Christian history.


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