Pentru cei care iubesc lectura recentissime am descoperit două cărți de mare interes pentru amatorii de amator.
Iată una dintre cele mai interesante biografii intelectuale ale lui Augustin.
Miles Hollingworth. Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 312 pp. $29.95.
There is nobody in the ancient world we know better than Augustine, the author of a famous spiritual autobiography and a number of other classics that continue to form part of the canon of Western literature. But do we really know him? This is the question Miles Hollingworth asks in his new book, and he gives a qualified answer. At one level, he admits we know Augustine very well, as numerous biographies and other studies of his writings show. But at another level, Hollingworth claims we hardly know him at all. What made him tick as a man and as a thinker? What factors shaped his mental and spiritual outlook that aren’t easily accessible, even from his voluminous and apparently self-revealing writings?
Hollingworth’s basic thesis is that the child is father of the man. So he gives a great deal of space to Augustine’s formative years and tries to show how much they influenced him in later life. The main effect is to downplay the importance of his conversion, although Hollingworth, research fellow in the history of ideas at St. John’s College, Durham University (U.K.), makes no attempt to do that. He recognizes that everything Augustine tells us about himself is written in the light of his spiritual rebirth. But he points out that the bishop of Hippo’s concerns and general approach to intellectual matters remained the same as they had been before. Christianity is the answer to his searching, not a complete change of direction, and that made his works uniquely important. Augustine spoke not only for, but also to, a generation that was losing its bearings as the Roman Empire slowly collapsed. The old gods had failed, but in Christ, Augustine had found the key to understanding the ways of the universe. On that basis, he restructured his inherited culture and rewrote its history. The pagan idea that Rome represented the supreme triumph of reason and civilization gave way to the view that human life was an eternal struggle between good and evil, played out in the individual heart as much as on the world stage.
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