Author Matthew Levering Explores Augustine’s Most Famous Works
By Matthew Levering
Baker Academic, $14.99, 204 pages
The Theology of Augustine by Matthew Levering is a good introduction to the most important writings of one of Christianity’s greatest thinkers and writers. By breaking down seven of Augustine’s most widely known writings, Levering is able to convey the ideas and truths from Augustine in a way that is easily understandable and digestible.
The best part of The Theology of Augustine is Levering’s inclusion of academic material to emphasize Augustine’s points. By referencing dozens of scholarly works on Augustine and biblical history, Levering better illuminates Augustine’s writing wisdom. One of the best chapters focuses on Augustine’s work Homilies on the First Epistle of John. Here Levering goes through homilies Augustine wrote and helps explain the social and religious ramifications his writing has had on Christianity.
For some this title may come across as too academic. The ample footnotes and annotations, though helpful, can detract from the narrative structure of the writing. But it is never enough to ruin the message. Overall, this is an excellent introduction to Augustine’s work and is sure to ignite a spark leading to further study of Christianity’s fathers.
Reviewed by Andrew Keyser