Augustine Of Hippo : An Insight Into The Life And Work Of Augustine

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In Augustine for Armchair Theologians, Stephen Cooper offers an insight into the life and work of Augustine of Hippo, primarily in a biographical context. It is highly concerned with Augustine’s own Confessions, which is itself highly autobiographical. The book starts with a brief introduction to how Augustine settled into his faith as a catholic, and then goes back and works through his life, from schooling to conversion. It presents some of the questions he asked along the way, and by telling the story in this way Cooper attempts to illustrate the motives and thoughts of a man who was incredibly passionate about God.
Early in the book, Cooper touches Augustine’s thoughts of the soul. He ponders the notions of when our souls are “created” or formed. How far back can we trace it? Though he does not recall his infancy, Augustine speculates on it, as it was recounted to him and the same behavior can be seen in other young children. He does not take a stance similar to Locke, where all men are born as a “blank slate.” Rather, he believes we are given set knowledge, like that to seek out nourishment, and relatedly, sensory knowledge. He says that what he views as the most important skill, speech, does not need to be taught. It is simply brought out as a child developed. This is important to his way of thinking, as it underlies his view on the world, that we are given this knowledge by God, that it is a part of us, and we need only to evoke it.
Later on, the book talks about…

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