James K. Lee is assistant professor of the history of early Christianity in Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He received his PhD in History of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame. He has published articles in journals such as Studia Patristica, Nova et Vetera, and Augustinian Studies, and in 2010, he received the Kaneb Center Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Notre Dame.
This book argues that the church for Augustine is a mystery that is both visible and invisible. Far from discarding the visible community, Augustine places greater emphasis on the empirical church as his thought develops. To demonstrate this, the author traces Augustine’s ecclesiology from early writings to later works. Further, this study explores Augustine’s exegesis of biblical images of the church, such as body of Christ, bride of Christ, city of God, and sacrifice, in order to show how the visible community is intrinsic to the mystery of the church.