Augustine for the Americans

Yesterday, Canon and Culture posted Bruce Ashford’s essay on Augustine’s relevance for 21st century American Christians, “Augustine for Americans: Lessons on Christianity & Public Life from a Fifth-Century North African Theologian.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Augustine worked hard to understand his cultural context, immersing himself in the historical, political, philosophical, and religious literature of his day. We, too, should work hard to understand the cultural context of our day. If, as Rieff argues, culture undergirds social order and if we live in a day when many of our culture-makers are producing deathworks, then our (American) service to God includes the necessity of exposing these deathworks for what they are. We dare not wait until Rome is burning to raise the alarm.

Read the full post here. It will be worth your time.

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