Christian Humanist Profiles 64: Augustine on the Christian Life

On August 28, 430 AD, as a Vandal army lay in siege around his beloved city, Bishop Augustine of Hippo Regius died and left Christendom a legacy. In the centuries that followed, this legacy profoundly shaped the Western Church, for he bequeathed to her large books with even larger ideas—from the depths of sin to the heights of divine providence, from the breadth of all temporal history to the measureless eternity of the ineffable Trinity. A Christian today could easily be intimidated by this legacy: how could such a theological giant be relevant to our little lives? Yet, as Gerald Bray reminds us, Augustine too was a believer in Jesus, just like us, and a pastor to regular people. He has much to say about the ordinary life of the Christian, about conversion, about relationships, about our personal devotion through prayer and the scriptures, and about our life in Christ’s Church. In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, David Grubbs interviews Dr. Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, History, and Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School and author of Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God (Crossway, 2015).

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