The Confessions

The Confessions

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by Saint Augustine
     
 

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Boulding's fresh new translation of this classic captures the essence of Augustine's struggle to integrate faith and understanding as his heart seeks to rest in God.

Publishers Weekly, RBL


Augustine's Confessions has been much translated: but it is no exaggeration to say that Sister Maria Boulding's version is of different level of excellence

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Boulding's fresh new translation of this classic captures the essence of Augustine's struggle to integrate faith and understanding as his heart seeks to rest in God.

Publishers Weekly, RBL


Augustine's Confessions has been much translated: but it is no exaggeration to say that Sister Maria Boulding's version is of different level of excellence from practically anything else on the market.

Rowan Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011896859
Publisher:
New City Press NY
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
The Works of Saint Augustine , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
427,176
File size:
484 KB

Meet the Author

Augustine of Hippo is one of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Western world. After he became Christian he was made bishop of Hippo in Africa where he was very influential in civil and church affairs. With more than 113 books, 200 letters and 500 sermons, he has left a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. His classic and best-selling works include the Confessions, The Trinity, The City of God, and Teaching Christianity.

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The Confessions 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best translation I've read. It is vibrant and the wording flows with an excellent rhythm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only somewhat more than halfway through the Confessions just yet, but I already find St. Augustine's extremely deep knowledge of God, His Triune nature, His Incarnation, et cetera, are amazing! No other saint that I've heard of can take you so deeply into the mysteries of God, with such simple language! Now, there are times where he gets more philosophical, and one needs to read a paragraph several times in order to understand exactly what he's getting at, but that is rare. For the most part, St. Augustine's story of how he went from sinner to saint is a truly amazing story- not even so much that it's amazing in itself, but that the way it will move one towards God is certainly amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For clarification, this is a review of the Barnes & Noble Classics Series edition of Confessions by St. Augustine in NOOK Book format, translated by Richard C. Outler and with an introduction by Mark Vessey.  The biggest problem I have with this version is that it uses lower case for God, Lord, and other terms for our creator throughout the book. What was particularly odd about this is that I've seen at least one other printing of Outler's translation that does not omit the conventional use of capital letters for God's name. It is as if the editor was deliberately trying to minimize the importance of God. The editor is entitled to believe what he wishes, but clearly this book was written by someone who believes in and respects the Lord, and who would certainly have used capital letters had he been writing in contemporary English. (Heck, while I don't believe in Zeus, I still capitalize his name, because that's it's conventional to capitalize words used as names. I also noticed the footnotes making a reference to "Augustine's mythology, referring to Christianity. After a few chapters, I decided to find another translation from someone who was so clearly a non-believer, to ensure that the translation, format and footnotes captured the spirit with which St. Augustine wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very readable and good translation. Vessey's introduction is informative and helpful in appreciating Augustine's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Read, great gift
Jeff_Cann More than 1 year ago
Books 1 through 9 were enjoyable because I could relate to his struggles. I then struggled with Books 10 - 13 as St. Augustine dove into the deep end of philosophy. I did appreciate the additional materials, in particular the introduction definitely helped me understand. Also, there was another reviewer who was apparently offended that this author translated deus into god (lower case). I wanted to point out (from the introduction) that the author was trying to be faithful to the original Latin codex. Unfortunately, codex written in Augustine's time had minimal punctuation and proper nouns were not capitalized consistently like they are these days. Here's the quote from the author in the introduction: "There would be no initial capitals for proper names or other key terms. Not even the words for “god” (deus) and “lord” (dominus) would be capitalized, though they might on occasion be abbreviated."
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It seems as though all this version gave me was part way through book 2? Where is the resr?
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LatinScholar More than 1 year ago
This page has the Garry Wills translation and commentary I need--but it is not the version that downloaded onto my Nook after buying it. The commentary is what I need for an academic paper and I am appalled that I did not receive what I bought. This is unacceptable.
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