The Confessions of St Augustine (Moody Classic Series)
Confessions is one of the most moving diaries ever recorded of a man's journey to the fountain of God's grace. Writing as a sinner, not a saint, Augustine shares his innermost thoughts and conversion experiences, and wrestles with the spiritual...
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Confessions is one of the most moving diaries ever recorded of a man's journey to the fountain of God's grace. Writing as a sinner, not a saint, Augustine shares his innermost thoughts and conversion experiences, and wrestles with the spiritual questions that have stirred the hearts of the thoughtful since time began. Starting with his childhood in Numidia, through his youth and early adulthood in Carthage, Rome, and Milan, readers will see Augustine as a human being, a fellow traveller on the road to salvation. Though staggering around potholes and roadblocks, all will find strength in Augustine's message: when the road gets rough, look to God! one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the history of the church.
Aurelius Augustinus, aka SAINT AUGUSTINE (354-430) was bishop of Hippo, today called Bona, in Algeria. Before his conversion to Christianity, however, he lead a wild and licentious youth in Carthage and later studied philosophy for years in Milan. His Confessions, in which he begs forgiveness from God for his sins and sets himself entirely to devotion to God, is not only a foundational work of Western theology, it is also one of the earliest autobiographies, offering keen insight into the workings of the medieval mind. ALSO AVAILABLE FROM COSIMO CLASSICS: Saint Augustine's "The City of God" Translator and British clergyman EDWARD BOUVERIE PUSEY (1800-1882) was one of the most influential figures in the Anglican church in the 19th century, formulated theology and doctrine that radically altered the practice of Christianity in England.
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.
- <div>&lt;p&gt;introduction/ 9&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the First Book/ 19&lt;br&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Second Book/ 44&lt;br&gt;object Of These Confessions-further Ills Of Idleness Developed In His Sixteenth Year-evils Of Ill Society, Which Betrayed Him Into Theft.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Third Book/ 58&lt;br&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Fourth Book/ 78&lt;br&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Fifth Book/ 102&lt;br&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Sixth Book/ 126&lt;br&gt;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&lt;br&gt;judgment.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Seventh Book/ 153&lt;br&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Eighth Book/ 183&lt;br&gt;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 Hisfriend Alypius-his Mother's Vision Fulfilled.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Ninth Book/ 212&lt;br&gt;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.&lt</div>