History of Christianity is filled with remarkable men and women that have by their extraordinary lives and works exhibited what true discipleship is all about. However, even among these a few have had such an important and profound effects on Christian faith and practice that they tower well above everyone else. Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo and one of the doctors of the Church, is clearly one such individual. He was a vastly prolific writer and his works to this day are used in theology courses and as a reference for theological study.
"On Grace and Free Will" is a short treatise (it can be read in less than two hours) on two of the most important theological and philosophical concepts. St. Augustine's approach to them shows Christian theological reasoning at its best: firmly founded in the Scripture, yet using careful reasoning and persuasive argumentation in order to go beyond any particular set of statements and discern deeper truths and overarching themes. The conclusions that St. Augustine draws are intellectually sophisticated, and have stood the test of time, as the majority of Christians still adhere to them.
This is a beautiful short work of theology that is remarkably accessible. It is a timeless classic.
on 27 January 2012
Sadly, this kindle edition has many words that run together. It's readable, but not great.
It's a pity, because this is a great classic, and it's great to see it available for kindle.