My Augustine Project

As part of my lifelong reading project to educate myself through reading the great books of history, I am embarking on a study of Augustine of Hippo. Augustine is probably the most important Western theologian of all time, and certainly of Christianity’s first millennium. I’ve been preparing for this project all year long, teaching myself Latin and surveying the history of doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to Chalcedon. Over the next few months I plan to read a sizable portion of his corpus, much of it in Latin. My goal is to provide myself a grounding in Augustine that will serve me well when I proceed to Medieval theology and beyond.

I have not yet decided which of his polemical treatises I will include, or what order I will follow. I also plan on making an extensive (though certainly not exhaustive) survey of the secondary literature. So far, here are the works that I am sure I will be studying:

  • Confessions
  • De Trinitate
  • Retractions
  • City of God
  • De Doctrina Christiana

This project may become the basis for future formal research, but it is primarily for my own improvement. I plan to blog regularly concerning my progress; this project will likely dominate Sacra Pagina for the next few months. I welcome suggestions, comments, and criticisms along the way. If anyone would like to join me for all or part of the journey, I would greatly appreciate conversation partners.

crede, ut intelligas – Believe, that you may understand. (Augustine)

Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 10:16 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Probably the most important polemical works are the works against the Pelagians and against the Manicheans. One thing I would love for you to do is to compare the new Catholic translation of Augustine with the original Latin.

    • I doubt I’d be up for that; my Latin isn’t very good. I’m working hard right now just to get it up to snuff to read Augustine without too much frustration. It’s an interesting challenge, though. To which Catholic edition are you referring?

  2. I think you should read Peter Brown’s Biography of Augustine. It is an interesting read.

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