Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review: Confessions

A bit harder to get through than I expected. This is my first direct exposure to the Church Fathers. The extended sections discussing philosophy were rather tedious but they were interleaved with passages of startling relevance and insight. On the whole I found it to be hugely valuable toward broadening my exposure to Christian history and thought.

It was entertaining to read Augustine's meditative interpretation of Genesis 1 soon after the recent media frenzy around Creationism. I'm not really sure what to make of patristic hermeneutics, but Augustine is no lightweight on the questions of Biblical authority and natural science.

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