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byAugustine Of Hippo Augustine Of HippoTranslated byR. S. Pine-coffinIntroduction byR. S. Pine-coffin

Paperback | November 30, 1961

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The son of a pagan father and a Christian mother, Saint Augustine spent his early years torn between conflicting faiths and world views. His Confessions, written when he was in his forties, recount how, slowly and painfully, he came to turn away from his youthful ideas and licentious lifestyle, to become instead a staunch advocate of Christianity and one of its most influential thinkers. A remarkably honest and revealing spiritual autobiography, the Confessions also address fundamental issues of Christian doctrine, and many of the prayers and meditations it includes are still an integral part of the practice of Christianity today.

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St Augustine of Hippo, the great Doctor of the Latin Church, was born at Thagaste in North Africa, in A.D. 354. He was brought up as a Christian but he was soon converted to the Manichean religion. He also came under the influence of Neoplatonism. However, in 387 he renounced all his unorthodox beliefs and was baptised. His surviving w...
Title:ConfessionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.76 × 5.1 × 0.81 inPublished:November 30, 1961Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014044114X

ISBN - 13:9780140441147

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


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When Saint Augustine wrote his Confessions he was facing, and responding to, a growing spread of asceticism in the Roman world.

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"[Wills] renders Augustine’s famous and influential text in direct language with all the spirited wordplay and poetic strength intact." —Los Angeles Times "[Wills’s] translations . . . are meant to bring Augustine straight into our own minds; and they succeed. Well-known passages, over which my eyes have often gazed, spring to life again from Wills’s pages." —Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books"Augustine flourishes in Wills’s hand." —James Wood"A masterful synthesis of classical philosophy and scriptural erudition." —Chicago Tribune

Employee Review

St. Augustine had two reasons for writing this. The first is that it really was a confession to God, and the second was that we could read his book and understand why he chose Christianity over other religions, and perhaps even convert ourselves. This is the story of his life, from childhood on, and it contains some philosophical ideas as well. He considers time -- both how we perceive it and how God might perceive it -- and presents a fascinating theory on memory. I would say that although St. Augustine was a Catholic, any Christian could enjoy this book for the faith, love and devotion that the author shows his Lord.