We judge books partly by their content but even more by their voice. Writers of another age speak oddly. They stop to reflect on what we slip lightly past, acquiesce in what we find outrageous.
Of early Christian writers St Augustine has suffered most from superficial reading. He is articulate and argumentative. But he has a mordant view of human nature and displays attitudes to religious coercion and to women that most people now would protest against. - Fr Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street (click below for full article)