This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books
This week’s book Confessions is by that same St. Augustine and is considered one of the most important and influential texts in the Western world. If you take a course on the great books this work will rank high on the list.
Why Is This Author Notable?
Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) is arguably the most influential Christian thinker outside the New Testament authors. History knows him as a theologian, philosopher, church bishop, and a gifted and tenacious defender of orthodox Christianity. For more about him and his accomplishments, see my article “Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine.”
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