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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION / 9 THE FIRST BOOK / 19 Confessions ^of the greatness and unsearchableness of God-Of God's mercies in infancy and ^boyhood, and human willfulness-Of his own sins of idleness, abuse of his studies,...

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION / 9


THE FIRST BOOK / 19
Confessions ^of the greatness and unsearchableness of
God-Of God's mercies in infancy and ^boyhood, and
human willfulness-Of his own sins of idleness, abuse
of his studies, ^and of God's gifts up to his fifteenth year.


THE SECOND BOOK / 44
Object ^of these confessions-Further ills of idleness
developed in his sixteenth year-Evils ^of ill society,
which betrayed him into theft.


THE THIRD BOOK / 58
His ^residence at Carthage from his seventeenth to his
nineteenth year-Source of his ^disorders-Love of
shows-Advance in studies, and love of wisdom-
Distaste for ^Scripture-Led astray to the Manichaeans-
Refutation of some of their tenets-Grief ^of his mother,
Monnica, at his heresy, and prayers for his conversion-
Her ^vision from God, and answer through a Bishop.


THE FOURTH BOOK / 78
Augustine's ^life from nineteen to twenty-eight-
Himself a Manichaean, and seducing others ^to the same
heresy-Partial obedience amidst vanity and sin, consulting
astrologers, ^only partially shaken herein-Loss
of an early friend, who is converted by being ^baptized
when in a swoon-Reflections on grief, on real and unreal
friendship, ^and love of fame-Writes on "the fair
and fit," yet cannot rightly, though God ^had given him
great talents, since he entertained wrong notions of God;
and ^so even his knowledge he applied ill.


THE FIFTH BOOK / 102
Augustine's ^twenty-ninth year-Faustus, a snare of
Satan to man, made an instrument of deliverance ^to St.
Augustine, by showing the ignorance of the Manichees
on those things ^wherein they professed to have divine
knowledge-Augustine gives up all thought ^of going further
among the Manichees-Is guided to Rome and
Milan, where he ^hears St. Ambrose-Leaves the
Manichees, and becomes again a Catechumen in the
Catholic ^Church.


THE SIXTH BOOK / 126
Arrival of Monnica at Milan-her obedience ^to St.
Ambrose, and his value for her-St. Ambrose's habits-
Augustine's gradual ^abandonment of error-Finds that
he has blamed the Catholic Church wrongly-Desire ^of
absolute certainty, but struck with the contrary analogy
of God's natural ^Providence-How shaken in his worldly
pursuits-God's guidance of his friend Alypius-
Augustine ^debates with himself and his friends about
their mode of life-His inveterate ^sins, and dread of
judgment.


THE SEVENTH BOOK / 153
Augustine's thirty-first ^year-Gradually extricated from
his errors, but still with material conceptions ^of God-
Much aided by an argument of Nebridius-Sees that the
cause of sin ^lies in free-will, rejects the Manichaean
heresy, but cannot altogether embrace ^the doctrine of
the Church-Recovered from the belief in Astrology, but
miserably ^perplexed about the origin of evil-Is led to
find in the Platonists the seeds ^of the doctrine of the
Divinity of the Word, but not of His humiliation-
Hence ^he obtains clearer notions of God's majesty, but,
not knowing Christ to be the ^Mediator, remains
estranged from Him-All his doubts removed by the
study of ^Holy Scripture, especially St. Paul.


THE EIGHTH BOOK / 183
Augustine's ^thirty-second year-He consults
Simplicianus, from him hears the history of the ^conversion
of Victorinus, and longs to devote himself entirely
to God, but ^is mastered by his old habits-Is still further
roused by the history of St. Anthony, ^and the conversion
of two courtiers-During a severe struggle, hears a voice
from ^heaven, opens Scripture, and is converted, with his
friend Alypius-His mother's ^vision fulfilled.


THE NINTH BOOK / 212
Augustine determines to devote his ^life to God, and to
abandon his profession of Rhetoric, quietly, however-
Retires ^to the country to prepare himself to receive the
grace of Baptism, and is baptized ^with Alypius, and his
son Adeodatus-At Ostia, on his way to Africa, his
mother, ^Monnica, dies, in her fifty-sixth year, the thirtythird
of Augustine-Her life ^and character.


THE TENTH BOOK / 243
Having in the former books spoken of ^himself before his
receiving the grace of Baptism, in this Augustine confesses
what ^he then was-He inquires by what faculty
we can know God at all, when he enlarges ^on the mysterious
character of the memory, wherein God, being
made known, ^dwells, but which could not discover Him
-Examines his own trials under the triple ^division of
temptation, "lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and
pride,"-what ^Christian continency prescribes as to
each-On Christ the Only Mediator, who heals ^and will
heal all infirmities.


NOTES / 299


TO THINK ABOUT / 304




"Augustine never thought of God without thinking of his sin, nor of ^his sin without thinking of Christ."

St. Augustine grates hard against "the ^anatomy of evil" while dealing succinctly and honestly with his own proneness toward ^sin. From his infatuation with its initial beauty to the discounting of his previously ^wasted life, Augustine leaves little to the imagination regarding his need to be ^saved from himself.

Most of Augustine's Confessions are spent in ^a nearly catastrophe tug of war. From insult and injury to passion, lost love, and ^the arts--this work leads through and beyond a world where God's timing is absolutely ^perfect. Nothing has really changed since then. Sin is still sin--and God is still ^God.

Moody Classics
Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth ^and development, pivotal books play a key role. Learning from those who have walked ^the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve. And hearing ^the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate ^cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King. To this end, Moody Publishers ^is honored to introduce the first six volumes in what is to be an ongoing series ^of spiritual classics. Selected for their enduring influence and timeless perspective, ^these new editions promise to shape the lives of spiritual pilgrims for generations ^to come.




"Augustine never thought of God without thinking of his sin, nor of ^his sin without thinking of Christ."

St. Augustine grates hard against "the ^anatomy of evil" while dealing succinctly and honestly with his own proneness toward ^sin.  From his infatuation with its initial beauty to the discounting of his ^previously wasted life, Augustine leaves little to the imagination regarding his ^need to be saved from himself.

Most of Augustine's Confessions ^are spent in a nearly catastrophic tug-of-war.  From insult and injury to passion, ^lost love, and the arts--this work leads through and beyond a world where God's ^timing is absolutely perfect.

Nothing has really changed since then.  ^Sin is still sin--and God is still God.




St. Augustine grates hard against "the anatomy of evil" while dealing ^succinctly and honestly with his own proneness toward sin.  From his infatuation ^with its initial beauty to the discounting of his previously wasted life, Augustine ^leaves little to the imagination regarding his need to be saved from himself.

Most ^of Augustine's Confessions are spent in a nearly catastrophic tug-of-war.  ^From insult and injury to passion, lost love, and the arts--this work leads through ^and beyond a world where God's timing is absolutely perfect.

Nothing has ^really changed since then.  Sin is still sin--and God is still God.



AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (354-430) was one of the foremost philosopher-theologians ^of early Christianity and the leading figure in the church of North Africa. He became ^bishop of Hippo in 396 and held that position until his death. Before becoming ^a Christian, Augustine lived a very secular life. His mother Monica prayed for ^him diligently and at age 32, during a trip to Milan, Augustine heard the preaching ^of St. Ambrose, was convicted by the Holy Spirit, and became a Christian. His ^numerous written works, the most important of which are his Confessions and ^City of God, shaped the practice of biblical exegesis and helped lay the ^foundation for much of medieval and modern Christian thought.

DR. ROSALIE ^DE ROSSET is a professor of Literature, English and Homiletics at Moody Bible ^Institute where she has been for forty-two years. She earned her M.A. in English ^from Northeastern Illinois University, M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity ^School, and Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric from The University of Illinois ^at Chicago. In addition to teaching, she regularly appears on Moody Broadcasting ^Network programs as a guest and co-host, and speaks at conferences and seminars. ^She lives on the northside of Chicago.



"Augustine never thought of God without thinking of his sin, nor of his sin without thinking of Christ."

St. Augustine grates hard against "the anatomy of evil" while dealing succinctly and honestly with his own proneness toward sin. From his infatuation with its initial beauty to the discounting of his previously wasted life, Augustine leaves little to the imagination regarding his need to be saved from himself.

Most of Augustine's Confessions are spent in a nearly catastrophe tug of war. From insult and injury to passion, lost love, and the arts--this work leads through and beyond a world where God's timing is absolutely perfect. Nothing has really changed since then. Sin is still sin--and God is still God.

Moody Classics
Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. Learning from those who have walked the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King. To this end, Moody Publishers is honored to introduce the first six volumes in what is to be an ongoing series of spiritual classics. Selected for their enduring influence and timeless perspective, these new editions promise to shape the lives of spiritual pilgrims for generations to come.



-Publisher

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  • Publication Date Oct 2007
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Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Tagasta, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. He soon turned to Christianity and was baptized in 386. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396, His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Church. Augustine died on August 28, 430AD.

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