Fount Christian Thinkers: Augustine
- Publisher This book is in a series which aims to provide essential details of biography and thought of Christian thinkers in a "bite size" form. In the late 390's, Augustine became the Bishop of Hippo and set up a quasi-monastic community.
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About "Fount Christian Thinkers: Augustine"
One of the most important theologians of all time, Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo, was a man of brilliant intellect. Born in 354, he was a prolific writer & author of Confessions - the first & arguably the greatest spiritual autobiography ever written - & City of God. Examining his many writings, this book chronicles his philosophical pilgrimage from Manichaeism to Christian Platonism & explains why no other Western theologian has exerted so prolonged an influence as he.
This book is in a series which aims to provide essential details of biography and thought of Christian thinkers in a "bite size" form. In the late 390's, Augustine became the Bishop of Hippo and set up a quasi-monastic community.
Meet the Author
Born in the Welsh town of Llangeinor, Price was the son of a dissenting preacher and was himself ordained as one at age 21. He is best known for his moral philosophy but also wrote on financial and political subjects. His writings on life expectancy and life insurance claims led to sweeping changes in the actuarial and benefit policies of insurance companies and benefit societies; an article by him on public debt convinced William Pitt, the prime minister, to establish a fund to extinguish the English national debt. Price's chief philosophical work is A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals (1758, revised editions 1769 and 1787). Price was a moral realist and rationalist, a critic of Hutcheson's moral sense theory and an adherent of Samuel Clarke's view that there is an immutable standard of right and wrong discerned by reason. Price's Four Dissertations (1767) contains a defense of his religious convictions, including a reply to Hume's essay on miracles. Against Joseph Priestley he defended freedom of the will in A Free Discussion of the Doctrines of Materialism and Philosophical Necessity (1778). Price's political views were progressive. In addition to urging political reforms in England, he wrote a widely circulated pamphlet defending the American cause against the British crown; the pamphlet is said to have encouraged the colonists' decision to declare independence. Price later became a friend of Benjamin Franklin (see Vol. 1). He was offered American citizenship by the Continental Congress if he would emigrate and serve as a financial adviser to the American government, an offer he gratefully declined. Price also welcomed the French Revolution; in fact, it was in reply to a 1790 treatise by Price that Edmund Burke wrote Reflections on the Revolution in France.