St. Augustine's Confessionsby Saint Augustine
Pub. Date: 06/25/1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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… See more details below
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 unquestionablenow 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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Table of Contents
|Bk. 11||Father (origin)||255|
|Bk. 12||Son (form)||283|
|Bk. 13||Spirit (love)||311|
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This accessible and erudite translation by Henry Chadwick helps the modern audience to appreciate the beauty and depth of this work by St. Augustine. The Confessions is a must read for all Christians as well as everyone living in Western Culture. In this work, the older Bishop Augustine describes his young life and the journey by which he became a Christian. Readers cannot help to be edified by the difficult and tortuous path by which Augustine became one of the greatest theologians in this history of Christianity. He did not begin his life as a devout Christian, nor become a Christian in his young life, but immersed himself in different philosophies and religions, for instance Manichaeism and Academic Skepticism, before finally coming to the Church. Beyond the incredible story, the style that Augustine uses is both subtle and impressive, with layers only revealed through re-readings and reading the text out loud. I highly recommend that everyone read this work several times!