Augustine’s De Trinitate: My Complete Summaries

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May 15, 2013 by mattwilcoxen

icaugustineofhipLewis Ayres and Michel Rene Barnes, eat your hearts out. I’ve completed my journey through the 15 books of Augustine’s De Trinitate. My posts are part summary and part paraphrase. I have really tried to follow the progression of Augustine’s argument and to give hints about how the whole work hangs together. If I may say so myself, I think I’ve done a pretty good job. The posts are too long and they are too dense at many points. There are certainly many things left out. Nonetheless, I think that the careful reader could use each of these summaries as a horizon against which to read every book of De Trinitate and attain a far better understanding of the book than they would be able to otherwise. Since De Trinitate is no mean Trinitarian text, that’s quite an accomplishment. So I commend them to you as your De Trinitate companion: tolle, lege.

If there’s anyone out there who does read these posts, either before or after reading Augustine, let me know where I’ve got things wrong, where I’ve missed something. Let me know if something is unclear. Or just use the comments as an outlet for your own thoughts about the text.

I plan to attempt a 1000 words or less summary of the whole progression of De Trinitate sometime, so that will be the capstone of this little blogging endeavor. Stay tuned for that.

Here are the posts:

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4

Book 5

Book 6

Book 7

Book 8

Book 9

Book 10

Book 11

Book 12

Book 13

Book 14

Book 15

Also, here is my summary/review of Lewis Ayres’ book, Augustine and the Trinity.

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One thought on “Augustine’s De Trinitate: My Complete Summaries

  1. patson says:

    Thank you for the effort.

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