By John M. Rist
Augustine proven an ethical framework that ruled Western tradition for greater than 1000 years. His in part incorrect presentation of a few of its key recommendations (love, will and freedom), besides the fact that, brought on next thinkers to aim to fix this framework, and their efforts frequently irritated the very difficulties they meant to resolve. through the years, dissatisfaction with a less than perfect Augustinian theology gave approach to more and more secular and finally impersonal ethical structures. This quantity lines the distortion of Augustine's inspiration from the 12th century to the current and examines its consequent reconstructions. John M. Rist argues that sleek philosophies might be famous as supplying no compelling solutions to questions about the human and as prime unavoidably to conventionalism or nihilism. on the way to keep away from this finish, he proposes a go back to an up-to-date Augustinian Christianity. crucial examining for an individual drawn to Augustine and his impact, Augustine Deformed revitalizes his unique perception of affection, will and freedom.