Confessions (Oxford World's Classics Series)

Confessions (Oxford World's Classics Series)

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by Saint Augustine
     
 

In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the

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In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood.
Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of Augustine's conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint's fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine's beloved mother, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine's concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references and allusions that are easily understood only with background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make The Confessions accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish the context.
The religious and philosophical value of The Confessions is unquestionable—now modern readers will have easier access to St. Augustine's deeply personal meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and helpful introduction clear the way for a new experience of this classic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192833723
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.94(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

An expert on the early Church, Henry Chadwick is Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is the author of such books as Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition and Augustine in the Past Masters series.

Table of Contents

About the Vintage Spiritual Classics
Preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics Edition
Chronology of the Life of Saint Augustine
Note on this Translation
The Confessions1
Bk. IInfancy and Boyhood3
Bk. IIAdolescence25
Bk. IIIStudent Years at Carthage37
Bk. IVAugustine the Manichee54
Bk. VFaustus at Carthage, Augustine to Rome and Milan75
Bk. VIMilan, 385: Progress, Friends, Perplexities96
Bk. VIINeoplatonism Frees Augustine's Mind120
Bk. VIIIConversion145
Bk. IXDeath and Rebirth170
Bk. XMemory197
Bk. XITime and Eternity245
Bk. XIIHeaven and Earth273
Bk. XIIIThe Days of Creation, Prophecy of the Church304
Suggestions for Further Reading343
Index345

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