Detail of Saint Augustine (1650) by Philippe de Champaigne. The flaming heart, symbolizing Augustine’s passionate writings, spiritual affections, and thematic emphasis on love, is a common symbol of Augustine in western art.

Our reading plan has guided us through the works of both towering and obscure figures in the history of Christianity, from ethereal Greek theologians, to desert monks, to Romanist lawyers. Four weeks from today, we begin the end of our reading plan with one of the most prolific, profound, yet deeply human theologians of western Christianity, Augustine of Hippo.

Biographies of Augustine and introductions to his work are abundant both on- and offline, and we will begin, appropriately, with the Confessions, Augustine’s highly influential autobiography. As always, our daily reading plan will link to free and public domain translations from Series I of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. But there are many more recent, excellent, and in many cases affordable, translations of Augustine’s work. From time to time Read the Fathers will gather these translations in an introductory post, pointing readers to editions that may be more readable or simply different from the 19th-century translations.

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