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Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century A.D. and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life. Books I-IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, schooldays, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and intellectual exploration. Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind: Virgil and Cicero, Neoplatonism and the Bible. This volume, which aims to be usable by students who are new to Augustine, alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin, and explains his theological and philosophical questioning of what God is and what it is to be human. The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature, theology and Church history.

After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, Augustine began a great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387. The Confessions describes his conversion, shedding light on the questions that troubled him. 7 cassettes.

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The latest volume in the series "Augustine for the Twenty-First Century," which will offer the first complete translation of all of Augustine's works into English, adds yet another vision of the Confessions to the many already available. The fourth-century bishop of Hippo in North Africa wrote this extended prayer, the first true autobiography, to confess his sins and God's goodness. It has been a standard of spiritual literature ever since. Boulding (Marked for Life, Abingdon, 1996), a Benedictine nun of Stanbrook Abbey, England, offers us a fine, smooth translation that is a pleasure to read. Hers is also the first English translation to use inclusive language. There is a complete index, which greatly enhances the usefulness of this particular volume. For all readers.Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.
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By his own account, St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D.354-430) lived a life of sin until his conversion to Christianity at the age of 32. Twelve years later he gave a personal account of his search for truth in the Confessions. Augustine's life is especiallyappealing because it is the story of a great sinner who became a great saint, and greatness is all the more admirable if it is achieved against such odds. He paints such a black picture of his past that the reader might easily lose sight of the goodqualities which he most certinaly possessed. Augustine's decision to accept the Christian faith is the central point of the book. To do so he must examine his life and faith through the following progression: first, a confession of his own sin and error; second, a recognition of God's goodness and truth; thirdly, thanks and praise to God for His mercy. Augustine is led from confession of sin to confession of faith, and finally to confession of God's glory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872201866
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Simple, Prophetic, Inspirational

    Aurelius Augustine lived more than thirty years of his life as a debauched master of rhetoric with little concern about anything more than self-promotion. His life was led by a desire to become the best in whatever he was involved in. This pursuit and pining for glory in his younger years led Augustine into many compromising and immoral acts. His graphic autobiography has lived so long because it reveals the true meaning of God¿s redemption. Augustine made his ignominy and his incredible conversion into one of the greatest works in history. His ¿Confessions¿ is not just a story, but a raw introspective view of one of the most acclaimed Doctors of the Church. It makes every person examine their fallibility and understand sin, redemption, and God¿s grace. Augustine writes with such style but with such directness. Everything he says is profoundly simple. Sheed keeps Augustine¿s unadorned language and with his translation allows every person to assimilate the words of this great mind. Augustine¿s ¿Confessions¿ should be read by every person. It does not target any group or any period in life. Augustine reflects on his entire life, from his immorality to his reception into the community of God to his ordination. Any person can find something that relates to their life and that is exactly what has made this `simple¿ work of literature into one of the most revered works in history.

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