The Confessions

Paperback | September 14, 2008

bySaint AugustineTranslated byHenry Chadwick

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In this new translation the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life are conveyed to the English reader with accuracy and art. Augustine tells of his wrestlings to master his sexual drive, his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of high power at the imperial court of Milan, and his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage as he recovered the faith that his mother had taught him. Itwas in a Milan garden that Augustine finally achieved the act of will to Christian conversion, which he compared to a lazy man in bed finally deciding it is time to get up and face the day.

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In this new translation the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life are conveyed to the English reader with accuracy and art. Augustine tells of his wrestlings to master his sexual drive, his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of high power at the imperial court of...

Henry Chadwick, former Master, Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199537828

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'It is a great pleasure to welcome a translation of the Confessions from one who is both a scholar and a lover of Augustine. There is a concise but very informative introduction, and a bibliography which will be extremely helpfull to the students who wants to read some of the work ofAugustine's contemporaries in extenso. The translation itself is clear and accessible ... of available English version, this offers the most comprehensive identification of scriptural allusions in the text.'Rowan Williams, Journal of Theological Studies, Volume 44, No. 1, April 1993