Timothy George: Augustine and the Great Tradition

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What can we learn from St. Augustine? George delivered part two of his Page Lectures, describing how St. Augustine of Hippo embodied and helped to transmit the Great Tradition from the classical age into the early Middle Ages. Noting Augustine’s “ecotonic” position between these two ages, George remarked Augustine’s profound influence on the Western tradition and on the history of Christian education.

Timothy George is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School. As founding dean, he was instrumental in shaping its character and mission. On July 1, 2019, George transitioned from dean to research professor of history and doctrine, and on May 5, 2020, he was named distinguished professor by the Samford University Board of Trustees.

George is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College, serves as co-chair of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He has served as senior theological advisor for Christianity Today and on the editorial advisory boards of First Things and Books & Culture. George is the general editor of the 28-volume Reformation Commentary on Scripture. A prolific author, he has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. His recent books include Galatians (Christian Standard Commentary); Reading Scripture with the Reformers; Amazing Grace: God’s Pursuit, Our Response; Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?; Theologians of the Baptist Tradition (with David Dockery); The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student’s Guide (with David Dockery); and Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (with James Earl Massey and Robert Smith, Jr.). His Theology of the Reformers (25th Anniversary ed., 2013) is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries and has been translated into multiple languages. An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, George has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Alabama. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.


“At that intersection of two vast moments in human history, Augustine arose as a voice for the Gospel, as a voice for Jesus Christ.”

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