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St. Augustine by Rebecca West

St. Augustine

by Rebecca West

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There is little or no trace of hagiography in the biography of Augustine. According to her Wikipedia entry, West was more or less a Manichaean for most of her life - which may explain why she feels that the tone of Augustine's anti-Manichean rhetoric was uncalled-for. But for the most part, this is quite a balanced view of the man.
  muumi | May 31, 2014 |
Rebecca West has done a robust bit of biographical compression; done it with zest, but also with reverence. It is a balanced book.
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Involuntary episcopacy is one of the few perils which man has been able to eradicate since the time of Augustine, and it is hard for us to realize that it was then a hovering terror, almost as the press-gang once was in England. (Chapter VI, page 97 in the 1933 Appleton edition)
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