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Confessions of Saint Augustine

Confessions of Saint Augustine

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St. Augustine - (354-430), Bishop of Hippo and "Doctor of the Church"

Accepted by most scholars to be the most important figure in the ancient Western church, St. Augustine was born in Tagaste, Numidia in North Africa. His mother was a Christian, but his father remained a pagan until late in life. After a rather unremarkable childhood, marred only by a case of stealing pears, Augustine drifted through several philosophical systems before converting to Christianity at the age of thirty-one. At the age of nineteen, Augustine read Cicero's Hortensius, an experience that led him into the fascination with philosophical questions and methods that would remain with him throughout his life. After a few years as a Manichean, he became attracted to the more skeptical positions of the Academic philosophers. Although tempted in the direction of Christianity upon his arrival at Milan in 383, he turned first to neoplatonism, During this time, Augustine fathered a child by a mistress. This period of exploration, including its youthful excesses (perhaps somewhat exaggerated) are recorded in Augustine's most widely read work, the Confessions.
St. Augustine - (354-430), Bishop of Hippo and "Doctor of the Church"

Accepted by most scholars to be the most important figure in the ancient Western church, St. Augustine was born in Tagaste, Numidia in North Africa. His mother was a Christian, but his father remained a pagan until late in life. After a rather unremarkable childhood, marred only by a case of stealing pears, Augustine drifted through several philosophical systems before converting to Christianity at the age of thirty-one. At the age of nineteen, Augustine read Cicero's Hortensius, an experience that led him into the fascination with philosophical questions and methods that would remain with him throughout his life. After a few years as a Manichean, he became attracted to the more skeptical positions of the Academic philosophers. Although tempted in the direction of Christianity upon his arrival at Milan in 383, he turned first to neoplatonism, During this time, Augustine fathered a child by a mistress. This period of exploration, including its youthful excesses (perhaps somewhat exaggerated) are recorded in Augustine's most widely read work, the Confessions.

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Confessions and Enchiridion, newlytranslated and edited by Albert C. Outler
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St. Augustine 
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
 
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Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C.Outler 
Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by AlbertC. Outler
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Outler, Albert C. (Translator and Editor)Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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In
The Confessions 
, Saint Augustine addressed himself eloquentlyand passionately to the enduring spiritual questions that have stirred
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the minds and hearts of thoughtful men since time began. WrittenA.D. 397,
The Confessions 
are a history of the young Augustine'sfierce struggle to overcome his profligate ways and achieve a life ofspiritual grace.Philadelphia: Westminster Press [1955] (Library of Christian Classics,v. 7)
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Copyright Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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2000-07-09
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All; Classic; Early Church; Proofed
CCEL Subjects:
BR65
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Christianity
LC Subjects:
Early Christian Literature. Fathers of the Church, etc.
 
Table of Contents
p. ii
About This Book ......................................
p. 1Title Page..........................................p. 2Introduction.........................................p. 10Augustine's Testimony Concerning the Confessions...............p. 12Book One..........................................p. 27Book Two..........................................p. 35Book Three.........................................p. 47Book Four..........................................p. 61Book Five..........................................p. 75Book Six...........................................p. 90Book Seven.........................................p. 108Book Eight..........................................p. 124Book Nine..........................................p. 142Book Ten...........................................p. 175Book Eleven.........................................p. 195Book Twelve........................................p. 245Indexes............................................p. 245Index of Scripture References............................
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St. AugustineConfessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited byAlbert C. Outler

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