"So vast is the space that Augustine occupies in Christian memory that few recognize he stands in the midst of a cloud of witnesses. Anyone who has studied Augustine has pondered how he came to be the churchman and thinker we know from his many books, essays, and sermons. In this collection of original essays on Scripture and liturgy, North African writers like Tertullian, Greek philosophers like Plato, Eastern Christian thinkers like Origen, and Latin bishops like Ambrose, the reader will be introduced to the lively spiritual and intellectual world that nourished Augustine's theological imagination."
Robert Louis Wilken
University of Virginia
"This book may deal with Augustine and tradition, but it does not construe tradition as in any way restrictive. The distinguished contributors deftly place Augustine amid his intellectual networks, Latin and Greek, Christian and otherwise: each essay develops a new facet of the picture. The collection overall is a magnificent tribute to a scholar, Patout Burns, who has devoted his career to seeking out the dignified beauty of pattern in Augustines thought and beyond."
Bryn Mawr College
"The intellectual tradition of Western Christianity owes more, arguably, to Augustine of Hippo than to any other single figure. This collection of essays on his thought, by fifteen of todays most recognized North American Augustine scholars, brings together substantive new reflections on most major aspects of his thought, offering not simply surveys of current Augustinian scholarship but also new ways forward in evaluating his contributions. It is perhaps the most significant new book in English on Augustines theology to appear in the last twenty yearsan indispensable contemporary accompaniment to reading the works of the saint himself!"
Brian E. Daley, SJ
University of Notre Dame
"Patout Burns is fittingly honored by this impressive collection. Contributors follow his example of wide knowledge, clear writing, and attention to context and to development of thought. Each essay provides stimulus for specialists and could also serve as an introduction to central topics in research on Augustine."
University of Bristol
"Augustines homecoming may be second only to Odysseuss in Western imaginations of Mediterranean travel, yet his own narrative in the Confessions does not quite see him home. Seeing Augustine home, finding him therein the company he kept, in the transactions of his intellectual, affective, and public lifeis a task modern scholarship has set itself. Augustine and Tradition advances it in style. Brimming with an impatience like Augustines, these essays unsettle tradition in ways to enliven our sense of what passes under that familiar metaphor."
University of British Columbia
"Patout Burns has been a central figure in the study of Augustine for decadeswriting across a range rich and broad and mentoring so many of us who study the Doctor of Grace. Patouts work has always placed Augustine in the context of broader traditions: drawing out, in one direction, Augustines debts to (and re-readings of) his North African forebearswhile, in another direction, exploring Augustines revolutionary exploration of grace and human freedom against the background of later western medieval developments. This fascinating and substantial volume is the perfect tribute. Many of its essays, produced by an impressive list of major figures, will become regular readings when teachers search for scholarly, clear, and incisive treatments of Augustines place in the Christian tradition. It is a must for all our libraries, personal and institutional."
"Augustine is not just a part of tradition. He constitutes a pivotal center towards which traditions converge and from whom they emerge channeled into new, groundbreaking directions. Augustine and Tradition reminds us in a most enlightening and persuasive way of the fact that Western culture as we know it only exists because of Augustines essential and unique formation of its traditions. That the volume is dedicated to J. Patout Burns is a worthy tribute to him and a momentous contribution to Augustinian studies as a whole."
Hubertus R. Drobner
University of Paderborn, Germany
"Augustine loved to cover his tracks, writing for the most part without footnotes. The astute corps of detectives brought together in this volume draw on the best modern scholarship to bring those tracks to life and give us a refreshed view of Augustine and the currents of thought from his world that influenced him most. Augustines power as a thinker and writer was such that even when his secrets are revealed, he stands forth if anything more impressive than before."
James J. ODonnell
Arizona State University
"Augustine and Tradition offers surprising insights in the multifaceted and multilayered richness of the worlds in which Augustine received and processed the ideas of African and international philosophers and theologians. In doing so, this book shows in a stimulating way the contours of Augustines original contribution to Christianity in respect for the tradition to which he felt indebtedness. This book is a great tribute to J. Patout Burns, who has paved new academic lines of research with regard to both Augustine and his predecessors!"
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
"Though many treatments of Augustine include a retrospective look at his predecessors, precious few volumes are devoted entirely to this subject. The present volume, especially given the established reputation of most of its contributors, fills this lacuna, making this book required reading for the study of St. Augustines thought. . . . Essential."