Augustine, perhaps the most important and most widely read Father of the Church, first became preoccupied with the problem of evil in his boyhood, and this preoccupation continued throughout his life. Augustine's ideas about evil were to mark out the boundaries of the problem for those who came after him; his influence was greater and more widespread than any other early Christian thinker and is still of importance both with those who agree with him and with those who do not. Augustine's personality, so loveably and intricately revealed in his Confessions, has always made him a figure of intense interest.
'Evans' work has a compelling fascination for all who are prepared to think boldly, to reconstruct in their minds not just a set of facts, but the portrait of a great thinker and a great man ... Highly recommended.' Kings Theological Review 'In an excellent book, Dr G. R. Evans deals with a well-trodden topic in a firmly individual style. One great merit is that she notes the changes in Augustine's views and relates them to his changing circumstances.' The Expository Times 'A brilliant, stimulating and engagingly written volume which loses nothing of its scholarly interest by its general appeal.' Methodist Missionary Society 'Dr Evans' book can be recommended to anyone seeking a way into the Augustinian world in general ... (It) fills a notable gap in the literature.' Religious Studies 'Moves with a tight economy of argument from each huge topic to the next, and lucid elegance in exposition allows the reader to follow ... (A) distinguished book.' Journal of Theological Studies 'The author presents the most coherent analysis of Augustine's theodicy that I have seen, clearer perhaps than Augustine was able to achieve himself.' Church History