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Graphy ever written and was an influential model for Christian writers throughout the following 1000 years of the Middle Ages It is not a complete autobiography as it was written in his early 40s and he lived long afterwards producing another important work City of God It does nonetheless provide an unbroken record of his development of thought and is the most complete record of any single person from the 4th and 5th centuries It is a significant theological work featuring spiritual meditations and insights In the work St Augustine writes about how much he regrets having led a sinful and immoral life He discusses his regrets for following the Manichaean reli. Day after day I postponed living in you but I never put off the death which I died each day in myself I longed for a life of happiness but I was frightened to approach it in its own domain and yet while I fled from it I still searched for it Reading Augustine of Hippo s Confessions is like plunging into a deep dark abyss and seeing a slither of light at the far side of the endless tunnel unaware of whether you reach it or not for Confessions is a proto existentialist work of a man attempting to achieve inner perfection in a world of material greed and spiritual emptiness Sound familiar Because these themes are universal and timeless in the eternal consciousness of manAugustine of Hippo is no stranger to this recurring trait of our species and in the first part of the poetic masterpiece he bears his fragile soul to all who dare to truly enlighten themselves This book was his attempt at addressing the painful sins of his aesthetically dangerous past and trying to rid of them through tortured prayers to God But the time had now come when I stood naked before my own eyes while my conscience upbraided me It is obvious right from the start that Augustine refuses to give the reader an easy going reading experience For a religious text it is heart wrenching at times and while offering a continually fresh perspective on Christianity and philosophy he retains a strong hold on the reader as he deconstructs his flawed nature for his suffering was also his redemption his enlightenment his forgiveness One feels his morally destructive pain in each emotional page for how can a man attempting to achieve inner perfection and a connection with God live with sorrowful reflections of sleeping with prostitutes even living with one He tears himself apart passionately describing a scene from his childhood when he stole some fruit not out of desperation but simply because it was wrong It is in my own mind then that I measure time I must not allow my mind to insist that time is something objective I must not let it thwart me because of all the different notions and impressions that are lodged in it These confessions continue well after his memoir In part two he confesses his theological and philosophical beliefs with extended theoretical examinations on the nature of man the mind the senses time Creation and its relation to God Augustine delves deep into the mind in an attempt to understand what gave Moses and Christ such inherently profound knowledge His dissections into the memory of the rational mind is examined extensively and upon reflection his agonizing search for the Truth still provides acute psychological penetration into the human soul over 1500 years on His experiments still explain some deep truths in the vast network of human thought Ironically however there was an everlastingly warm presence throughout the book for Augustine is not only talking to God he is also talking to us the reader Part memoir part philosophical and theological investigation into the nature of existence Augustine of Hippo s Confessions is an honest and beautiful work of non fiction where the unexplained might not be explained but the door is opened slightly to the Truth That sleep may wearied limbs restoreAnd fit for toil and use once Saint Ambrose

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Gion and believing in astrology He writes about Nebridius's role in helping to persuade him that astrology was not only incorrect but evil and St Ambrose's role in his conversion to Christianity The first nine books are autobiographical and the last four are commentary He shows intense sorrow for his sexual sins and writes on the importance of sexual morality The books were written as prayers to God thus the title based on the Psalms of David; and it begins with For Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee The work is thought to be divisible into books which symbolize various aspects of the Trinity and trinitarian beli. It was slow it was dense and it was militantly Christian So why is that The Confessions is such an unavoidably fascinating work Augustine appears here as a fully realized person with all the good and the bad that that implies it s as if the book was a conversation with God and a fly on the wall was taking dictation Since God obviously would have known Augustine s transgressions before they even occurred Augustine thus has nothing to hide in this personal narrative or at least makes it appear that way The prose of this translation must be incredibly different from its Latin source but it s obvious that Augustine has a force of personality that appears through his work that few writer have matched in the centuries that have followed this original Western autobiography The power and beauty of his writing was no doubt aided by his devotion not only to The Bible but to Cicero Plato and especially Virgil It s also an incomparably fascinating window into the culture of the time the Manicheans Astrologers Christians and Pagans are all interesting studies through the eyes of this saint His contributions to philosophy in this text cannot be ignored even today Bertrand Russell not exactly a churchgoer admired his work on time and it s still an enlightening experience to read these thoughts And of course the story of spiritual awakening is an inspiring and beautiful one a story that is not altogether dissimilar to that of the Buddha centuries before Augustine Although especially at the start it can be slow and cold reading The Confessions than justifies its position as one of the most important books ever written

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The Confessions of Augustine of Hippo Translated by Edward Bouverie Pusey Confessions Latin Confessiones is the name of an autobiographical work consisting of 13 books by St Augustine of Hippo written in Latin between AD 397 and AD 398 Modern English translations of it are sometimes published under the title The Confessions of St Augustine in order to distinguish the book from other books with similar titles Its original title was Confessions in Thirteen Books and it was composed to be read out loud with each book being a complete unit The work outlines Augustine's sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity It is widely seen as the first Western autobio. Are you there God It s me St Augustine

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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis in English Augustine of Hippo also known as St Augustine St Austin was bishop of Hippo Regius present day Annaba Algeria He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity According to his contemporary Jerome Augustine established anew the ancient Faith In his early years he was heavily influenced by Manichaeism and afterward by the Neo Platonism of Plotinus After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387 Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war When the Western Roman Empire was starting to disintegrate Augustine developed the concept of the Catholic Church as a spiritual City of God in a book of the same name distinct from the material Earthly City His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview Augustine's City of God was closely identified with the Church the community that worshiped the Trinity In the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion he is a saint and pre eminent Doctor of the Church Many Protestants especially Calvinists consider him to be one of the theological fathers of the Protestant Reformation due to his teaching on salvation and divine grace In the Eastern Orthodox Church he is also considered a saint He carries the additional title of Blessed Among the Orthodox he is called Blessed Augustine or St Augustine the Blessed

10 thoughts on “Confessiones

  1. says:

    I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a 300 page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint See how many saints who lived durin

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    I am going to take my time with this book It'd be the first time I read this sort of thing just for the joy of it I'm just a bit fami

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    Are you there God? It's me St Augustine

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    This experience sufficiently illuminates the truth that free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion Augustine ConfessionsSublime and OriginalI can’t believe it has taken me so long to read Augustine’s Confessions I might not agree with some of his conclusions my Christian framework Mormon would

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    Chadwick's translation of Augustine's Confessions note that this is a confession to God while read by men is one of the best It is not costly in a monetary sense; new it is a mere 695 However it is deceptively short A chapter will take you two hours if you give it the attention it deserves Augustine is a circular writer He is not a bad writer he was known to be a merciless editor in fact But he goes around and around especially

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    Day after day I postponed living in you but I never put off the death which I died each day in myself I longed for a life of happiness but I was frightened to approach it in its own domain; and yet while I fled from it I still searched for it Reading Augustine of Hippo's Confessions is like plunging into a deep dark abyss and seeing a slither of light at the far side of the endless tunnel unaware of whether y

  7. says:

    I suspect most people today would not imagine that they have much in common with a Christian saint who lived over 1500 years ago Remarkably enough however if they read this book I think they'd find much to relate

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    It was slow it was dense and it was militantly Christian So why is that The Confessions is such an unavoidably fascinatin

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    Due to unknown and mysterious reasons each and every year chiefly on Labour day at my side always celebrated on 1st May and of course a day off I seem to fall under a moral paralysis while suffering a bit of nervous physical inability which converts me into the laziest person ever Fortunately this seems to last

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    I have read this book several times both as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and most recently as one of the monthly selections of a reading group in which I participate Like all classics it bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it But it also is unchanging in ways tha

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