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By Peter Iver Kaufman

In Augustine's Leaders, Peter Iver Kaufman works from the basis that appropriations of Augustine endorsing modern liberal efforts to combine piety and politics are mistaken--that Augustine was once skeptical concerning the customers for concerning Christianity in significant political switch. His skepticism increases a number of questions for historians. What roles did the most influential Christian theologians set for spiritual and political leaders? What expectancies did he have for emperors, statesmen, bishops, and pastors? What hindrances did he presume they'd face? And what pastoral, polemical, and political demanding situations formed Augustine's expectations--and frustrations? Augustine's Leaders solutions these questions and underscores the management its topic supplied as he persisted to commend humility and compassion in non secular and political cultures that looked as if it would him to present, particularly, superstar and self-interest.

"A lucid, robust, and deeply considerate paintings. Kaufman takes a truly skeptical historian's view of the proposals of numerous modern thinkers, myself integrated, on Augustine and politics. he's both frank approximately these disagreements and charitable with these whose perspectives he reviews. however the ebook rises above critique; it distills a long time of cautious linguistic and old scholarship, and gives a compelling imaginative and prescient of Augustine's figuring out of the relation among Christianity and 'worldly' activism. i could stubbornly disagree with (parts of) Kaufman's interpretation, yet I discovered an immense volume from this booklet, either to my edification and my correction; and the following time I train whatever approximately Augustine and politics, it is going to be required reading."
--Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious reviews, college of Virginia

"Political Augustinianism is a enterprise right into a combined bag of expectancies: count on the infrequent graces of chastened strength, compassion, prudence, and humility, yet anticipate to boot the dogged patience of a politics of silly self-love. even though Peter Kaufman denies that the infrequent graces ever coalesce sufficient to attract self-love out of the orbit of stupidity--a declare approximately Augustine's expectations--he doesn't consign political Augustinianism to its conventional cul-de-sac of world-weary pessimism. Augustine's Leaders is Kaufman's rendition of the bishop of Hippo's short at the optimistic obligations of leadership--pastoral and political--in an inescapably fractured order. all through this brilliant and concise e-book, Kaufman brings the pro point of view of an complete and wide-ranging historian of political culture."
--James Wetzel, Villanova University

"With readability and erudition, Peter Kaufman offers an illustrative research of Augustine's perspectives on management either in the Church and the res publica. In Augustine's Leaders, Kaufman bargains to either scholar and student an insightful research of the way Augustine faced the demanding situations of his age and considered the jobs of these in authority. Augustine's Leaders, for this reason, provides Kaufman's compelling research whereas advancing the discussion of Augustinian interpretation between modern-day historians and theologians."
--Michael J. S. Bruno, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY

Peter Iver Kaufman is Charles Matthews and Virginia Brinkley Modlin Professor on the college of Richmond and Professor Emeritus, collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His essays on Augustine have seemed in The Cambridge spouse to "The urban of God", magazine of overdue Antiquity, and Church History in addition to in different of his books, Redeeming Politics (1990); Church, e-book, and Bishop (1996), and Incorrectly Political (2007).

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