A short reflection on dying well, by Augustine

Answering the concerns raised about why many Christians were killed in the persecutions by the Roman emperors, Augustine (354-430) points us to an essential truth about death itself. This excerpt is from his classic work The City of God. But, it is added, many Christians were slaughtered, and were put to death in a hideous…

The Christian View of Human Flourishing

In a lovely little book I recently read (see my review here), Miroslav Volf highlights the importance of the concept of human flourishing. Every individual wants to live the best life possible. We don’t just want to exist; we want to thrive. We want to flourish. But what exactly is it to flourish? There are…

Christians in History: Augustine (354 – 430)

The eminent church historian, Philip Schaff, described him as ‘the great church teacher of all times’. Augustine is a towering figure in the long history of the Christian church. Aside from standing as an important link between early Christianity and the Middle Ages, his views and ideas have deeply influenced how the Christian world understands…