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In The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology Chad Tyler Gerber provides a valuable pneumatological overview of Augustine’s earlier writings at Cassiciacum (386–387 C.E.) through his Roman writings (387–388 C.E.) and Thagastan writings (389–391 C.E.). Gerber demonstrates that Augustine’s pneumatology undergirds his view of redemption, approach to Trinitarianism, and theology of creation. Gerber concludes that Augustine’s early work is firmly rooted within the pro-Nicene patristic tradition.

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Olivier du Roy and R. J. O’Connell have proposed that Augustine’s early pneumatology depended heavily on Plotinus’ philosophy of the third hypostasis. In contrast, Chad Tyler Gerber's reading of Augustine's early writings suggests that his use of Neoplatonic material is scrupulous and that his pneumatology is firmly rooted within the pro-Nicene patristic tradition.


Writing this review was a great pleasure as I had know the author for several years before the publication. We had the opportunity to discuss his research on several occasions while the project was in the dissertation phase. The author's work intersects with my own research interests in pneumatology and has been very helpful and informative.

Jacob Dodson

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This page is a summary of: Chad Tyler Gerber, The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology (Ashgate Studies in Philosophy & Theology in Late Antiquity; Surrey/Burlington: Ashgate, 2012). xii + 215 pp., $89.95 hardcover., Pneuma, January 2013, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15700747-12341280.
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