Amor Dei
354 Pages

Amor Dei


354 Pages


Amor Dei: A Study of the Religion of St. Augustine was first published as the Hulsean Lectures for 1938 when John Burnaby was a classics Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.



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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Amor Dei A Study of the Religion of St. Augustine By Burnaby, John Copyright©1938 by Burnaby, John ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-501-1 ISBN 10: 1-55635-501-7 Publication date 5/22/2007 Previously published by Canterbury Press, 1938
Foreword to te 2007 Edition
  seventy years since Jon Burnaby launcedAmor Dei,and even I in te sixteen since I ad te satisfaction of waving from te quay as it set out on a second voyage, a great deal as canged in te navigation of Augustinian waters. Remarkably, tere are more autentic Augustinian texts in circulation tan Jon Burnaby could ave known: wole collec-tions of Sermons recovered from sources were tey lay unsuspected, and a remarkable collection of letters. Considerable strides ave been made in te istoriograpy of te late Roman Empire. A classic biograpy as appeared, reappeared, eld te field for a generation, and now been caugt up by rivals. he cronology of te Augustinian writings, wic in Burnaby’s day ad not advanced far beyond wat Augustine imself told us in teRetractations,as been extensively filled in. here are first-rate critical editions of works tat in te tirties could only be read in te seventeent century recensions of te Maurists. And wat is one to say of te new discussions? here ave been critiques from all approved points of view, feminist, postmodernist and watever; tere ave been constant arguments about te significance of is political tougt; tere ave been reappraisals of aspects of is doctrine wic ad been supposed uninteresting. Most strikingly, Augustine figures strongly in discussions of an unteological, even anti-teological nature. One tinks of recent works of moral pilosopy and of political teory tat ave devoted capters to evaluating is legacy. In tis most eclectic and diverse generation, were virtually noting is left tat everybody can be tougt to ave read, tere remain very few popular refrains. But “Augustine began it all!” is certainly one of tem. he reader seeking an a more or less up-to-date account of major temes and topics in Augustinian scolarsip is likely to turn first to te Encyclopedia,Augustine through the Ages,edited by Allen Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2001). But one of te few weaknesses of tat work is a lack of interest in scolars wo made Augustine accessible to earlier generations, and I can find no mention of Jon Burnaby in its iii
pages. Yet I run into is name fairly frequently elsewere, in a widely eclectic range of writings. Scolars and tinkers are still turning toAmor Deiit matters to tem to find an autoritative exposition of te wen central core of Augustine’s reflection on te relations of God and man. In wat Jon Burnaby set out to accomplis in is Hulsean Lectures, e as not been superseded.
Oliver O’Donovan New College, Edinburg