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A Bond between Souls: Friendship in the Letters of Augustine

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Augustine’s theology of friendship

The letters of Augustine offer a window into his life. They showcase a theologian on the run, working through difficult pastoral issues. They also show another side of Augustine: the theologian as friend.

In A Bond between Souls: Friendship in the Letters of Augustine, Coleman M. Ford examines Augustine’s understanding of friendship. For Augustine, friendship is the overflow of love and is essential for building Christlike virtue. Friendship differs by context and relationship but is fundamentally rooted in the reality that, in Christ, friendship with God has been restored. In this sense, friendship is fundamentally a spiritual exercise.

With original research rooting Augustine’s letter-writing, theology, and understanding of friendship in antiquity, A Bond between Souls helps readers to understand this doctor of the church in a deeper way.

Praise for A Bond Between Souls

This book opens up the private world of a very public man and deepens our understanding of one of the greatest theologians of all time.

–Gerald Bray, research professor, Beeson Divinity School

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.

  • Introduction
  • Augustine and Spiritual Friendship
  • Assessing Classical Models of Friendship
  • “Wounds From a Friend”: Jerome and Spiritual Friendship
  • Conversing on Heavenly Things: Spiritual Friendship as Mutual Encouragement in the Spiritual Life
  • “Be Imitators of Them, as They Are of Christ”: Spiritual Friendship with Fellow Clergy
  • “Long for That Divine and Heavenly City”: Spiritual Friendship as Civic Counsel in Augustine’s Epistolary Exchange with Roman Officials
  • Conclusion
  • Title: A Bond between Souls: Friendship in the Letters of Augustine
  • Author: Coleman M. Ford
  • Series: Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 216
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683596509

Coleman M. Ford serves as assistant professor of humanities at Texas Baptist College in Fort Worth, Texas.

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    $19.99

    Digital list price: $26.99
    Save $7.00 (25%)

    Ships Nov 2022