The Christian Philosophy of Saint Augustine

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By Étienne Gilson

The Christian Philosophy of Saint Augustine

Augustine of Hippo recognizes that philosophia, love of wisdom, begins with faith and then moves gradually and by grace into an understanding of that faith. Following Augustine’s profound understanding and expositions of the Trinity and the Incarnation, creation and original sin, nature and grace, freedom and desire, and the human person as the imago dei, Gilson shows the rich philosophical themes which recur throughout the Augustinian oeuvre.

An ideal companion volume to Gilson’s renowned The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy, The Christian Philosophy of Saint Augustine is a comprehensive map to that vast and intricate world of Augustinian thought which has enriched the history of philosophical and theological endeavor.

“A philosophy which aims to be a true love of wisdom must begin with faith, and it will become the understanding of that faith.… This is what Augustine calls Christian philosophy…” (Étienne Gilson)

Étienne Gilson (1884–1978) was a French philosopher and historian of philosophy and one of the premier Catholic intellectuals of the twentieth century. Over the course of his illustrious career, he founded the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, was elected to the Académie française, and wrote over one hundred and seventy books.

Paperback: 414pp.

ISBN: 978-1950970629