Essential Reading on Augustine

Published on July 5, 2023 by Eugene Ho

Cambridge University Press, 2010 | 376 pages

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance

by Michael A. G. Haykin


Editor’s Note: We asked Dr. Michael Haykin for his recommendations for reading on Augustine. You’ll want to see his suggestions below! 


A Baker’s Dozen of the Best Books on Augustine

    1. Lewis Ayres, Augustine and the Trinity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
    2. Gerald Bonner, St. Augustine of Hippo: Life and Controversies (London: SCM Press Ltd., 1963).
    3. Gerald Bonner, God’s Decree and Man’s Destiny:  Studies on the Thought of Augustine of Hippo (London: Variorum Reprints, 1987).
    4. Pamela Bright, ed. and trans., Augustine and the Bible (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999).
    5. Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Rev. ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013).
    6. Henry Chadwick, Augustine: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
    7. Charles Norris Cochrane, Christianity and Classical Culture: A Study of Thought and Action from Augustus to Augustine, Rev. ed. (New York: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1957).
    8. Robert Dodaro and George Lawless, ed., Augustine and His Critics: Essays in Honour of Gerald Bonner (London; New York: Routledge, 2000).
    9. Coleman M. Ford, A Bond between Souls: Friendship in the Letters of Augustine (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2022).
    10. Miles Hollingworth, Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
    11. R. A. Markus, Saeculum: History and Society in the Theology of St. Augustine (1970, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
    12. Eugene Portalie, A Guide to the Thought of Saint Augustine (Chicago: Regnery, 1960).
    13. Garry Wills, Saint Augustine: A Life (New York: Penguin, 1999).

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