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Readership: All those interested in the early Church, the life of St Augustine, and the history of Christian thought, ritual, and belief.
Garry Wills, Emeritus Professor of History, Northwestern University
Garry Wills is Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. He has published widely in religious, cultural, and political history over an academic career spanning more than five decades and has received numerous awards for his works, which include Lincoln at Gettysburg (1993, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), Henry Adams and the Making of America (2005), and What Jesus Meant (2006).
"This short book is a most original study of a momentous occasion." - Catholic Herald
"A small and attractively produced book. Font of Life is a fascinating character study of two leading figures in the early Church" - Barnaby Hughes
"When Garry Wills is not hectoring some central truths of Catholicism, he oftentimes proves one of its best historians, and this latest is a fine example thereof. ... Wills does a first-rate job ... and, as such, this work could easily find a home in any university course on the Fathers, on baptism, or in the hands of any scholar interested in Latin Christianity's concerns
and ecclesial practices at the turn of the fifth century." - David Vincent Meconi, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Introduction: Tale of a Font
Part I: Milan
1: Ambrose's Town
2: Ambrosian Discipline
3: Ambrose Fights for His Churches
4: Augustine on the Way to Milan
5: Augustine in Milan
Part II: The Baptism
6: Augustine Approaches the Font
7: Augustine at the Font
8: After the Font
Part III: Hippo
9: Baptism in Africa
10: Augustine Needs Ambrose