By Henry Chadwick
This biography of St. Augustine is a splended scholarly tale. I loved each web page.
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Picking up a book lying on Augustine’s table Ponticianus was astonished to ﬁnd a codex of St Paul’s letters, not a book one expected in the hands of a municipal professor of rhetoric. He was moved to tell his friends about the monastic movement quietly growing in the western churches, including one house with brothers living a common life outside the walls of Milan itself under Ambrose’s care. He told them how when the court was at Trier, two friends of his who were members of the secret police discovered a similar house with a Latin translation of Athanasius’ Life of St Anthony.
He believed that fragments of the divine light captured by the evil powers of darkness have become imprisoned in the bodies of men and beasts, which his rites and doctrines are designed to liberate. In redemption God is therefore recovering lost bits of himself. Mani entitled himself ‘apostle of Jesus Christ’, and claimed to be the Paraclete whom Jesus had promised, supplementing and correcting orthodox Christians with a ﬁnal revelation about the meaning of the sacred books. Like most gnostics, Mani rejected the Old Testament as including too many cruel and unedifying stories to be deemed God’s word.
Already a bishop for two or three years when he wrote them, he disliked the urbane and worldly 28 a personal quest style of the early philosophical dialogues, even though they are expressly Christian in conviction. There is no solution in treating the dialogues as factual reporting and the Confessions as poetry since there is an equally strong literary, Ciceronian element in the dialogues. Augustine is a man who describes important events in his life by using a high style; that is his way of saying they are important.
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (New Edition, with an Epilogue) by Henry Chadwick