By Peter Iver Kaufman
"A lucid, robust, and deeply considerate paintings. Kaufman takes a truly skeptical historian's view of the proposals of numerous modern thinkers, myself integrated, on Augustine and politics. he's both frank approximately these disagreements and charitable with these whose perspectives he evaluations. however the e-book rises above critique; it distills many years of cautious linguistic and historic scholarship, and provides a compelling imaginative and prescient of Augustine's figuring out of the relation among Christianity and 'worldly' activism. i could stubbornly disagree with (parts of) Kaufman's interpretation, yet I realized an important volume from this booklet, either to my edification and my correction; and the following time I educate something approximately Augustine and politics, it is going to be required reading."
--Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious experiences, college of Virginia
"Political Augustinianism is a enterprise right into a combined bag of expectancies: count on the infrequent graces of chastened strength, compassion, prudence, and humility, yet count on besides the dogged endurance of a politics of silly self-love. even though Peter Kaufman denies that the infrequent graces ever coalesce sufficient to attract self-love out of the orbit of stupidity--a declare approximately Augustine's expectations--he doesn't consign political Augustinianism to its conventional cul-de-sac of world-weary pessimism. Augustine's Leaders is Kaufman's rendition of the bishop of Hippo's short at the confident tasks of leadership--pastoral and political--in an inescapably fractured order. all through this vibrant and concise booklet, Kaufman brings the pro standpoint of an finished and wide-ranging historian of political culture."
--James Wetzel, Villanova University
"With readability and erudition, Peter Kaufman presents an illustrative research of Augustine's perspectives on management either in the Church and the res publica. In Augustine's Leaders, Kaufman deals to either scholar and student an insightful research of ways Augustine faced the demanding situations of his age and considered the jobs of these in authority. Augustine's Leaders, for this reason, provides Kaufman's compelling research whereas advancing the discussion of Augustinian interpretation between modern-day historians and theologians."
--Michael J. S. Bruno, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY
Peter Iver Kaufman is Charles Matthews and Virginia Brinkley Modlin Professor on the college of Richmond and Professor Emeritus, collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His essays on Augustine have seemed in The Cambridge better half to "The urban of God", magazine of overdue Antiquity, and Church History in addition to in different of his books, Redeeming Politics (1990); Church, ebook, and Bishop (1996), and Incorrectly Political (2007).
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