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Augustine of Hippo's timeless classic of Christian theology is brought to the reader anew in this authoritative edition of his Confessions. Written over three years toward the end of the 5th century A.D., The Confessions of Saint Augustine are split into thirteen distinctly sequential books. Together they comprise the earliest post-Biblical texts to gain authority and appreciation in philosophical and theological circles, their influence profound and immense across centuries of Christian thought and development of the Catholic church. Large portions of the text are autobiographical, as we hear the tales of Saint Augustine's younger years. Filled with wrongdoing and sin, it was only on attaining maturity that the man who was to become an honored bishop and posthumously a Saint would change his ways. After entering spiritual life, he would evolve his views upon spiritual matters amid the educational systems of Rome and Milan, where he would teach for years. His legendary conversion to Christianity is detailed, whereby Augustine examines a Bible and reads Romans 13:13-14: ""Not in revelry and drunkenness, not in debauchery and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy; but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and as for the flesh, take no thought for its lusts."" After covering these principle events, the later books move closer to philosophical reflection upon aspects of the Christian faith. The thought processes by which Augustine attained peace with himself and with God are detailed, while poignant questions on the nature of the divine, of reality, and of creation are examined in extraordinary depth. Finally, we are taken through Augustine's interpretations of Genesis as allegory. It is through reading Augustine's famous Confessions that we gain insight into the views and influence he would have upon more than a millennia of Christian scholars to follow. Highly eloquent and articulate, the speech here flows with ideas both insightful and inspiring on the nature of belief and the divine. For scholars and students of religion, as well as those interested in Christianity and its history, the Confessions of Saint Augustine are essential reading. Translated to English by Oxford professor and churchman Edward Bouverie Pusey, the words of Augustine retain their authenticity and impact in this edition.
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