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Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century AD and during his first years as a bishop they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life Books I IV are concer. 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 familiar with St Augustine and while I know this can be a hard read due to my personal beliefs it is always great to read what other people s take on religion love hate and the human meaning

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Ned with infancy and learning to talk schooldays sexual desire and adolescent rebellion intense friendships and intellectual exploration Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind Virgil and Cicero Neoplatonism and the Bible This volume which aims to be usable by stude. 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 later on in the last chapters of the book when he is wondering aloud in a sense about neo platonic and loftier metaphysical uestions he is asking of God and thinking aloudreasoning as best he can with his brilliant mind on paper recognizing that that mind is a gift from God and he is to steward it It gets hairy It gets hard to stick with If you can and you do you will find yourself perhaps having some of the same reactions I did aI always wondered the same thing or bI am not even smart enough to have even thought to have wondered thator possibly evencI have no idea what he s even talking about any Had I not taken a course solely on The Confessions when I had to read De Trinitate in a later theology class I most likely would have had a crisis of faith and uit Because I was used to his style of writing and knew who the Manichees were what the background was and the Neo Platonic socio historical setting Augustine was situated in I could confront De Trinitate and later for fun I was brazen enough to take on The City of God There was nothing Augustine didn t talk about or no issue he didn t confront as Bishop when he was alive because he was a very prolific writer He spent his time not in fancy robes as one may imagine but answering uestions of the people he was an ad hoc theologian We are still reaping the benefits of that today for his answers were good ones and are still relevant Before he became bishop though he lived the life he spells out on the pages of the Confessions which are not tales of endless days skipping carelessly along smooth paths by any stretch of the imagination He reveals facets of himself not very becoming of a bishop facets that are human He was the first to admit to having such personality traits and publish a book about it and turn it back into praise to God when it was previously just material for gossip Remaining human all the while he points steadfastly to God which is why this book is so crucial to know intimately He speaks of heartbreak and loss in a way that you want to turn to it when you go through it I did He speaks of those who will naysay you when you have changed speaking of who you were and not who you are and you will again want to turn to his words It is invaluable

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Nts who are new to Augustine alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin and explains his theological and philosophical uestioning of what God is and what it is to be human The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature theology and Church history.. 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


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

  2. says:

    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 familiar with St Augustine and while I know this can be a hard read due to my personal beliefs

  3. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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

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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

  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 to just as I did The Confessions is the famous autobiography of St Augustine of Hippo a North African

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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 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 dic

  9. says:

    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 only one da

  10. says:

    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

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