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The Confessions of Augustine of Hippo The Confessions of Augustine of Hippo Translated by Edward Bouverie Pusey Confessions Latin Confessiones is the name of an autobiographical work, consisting ofbooks, by St Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between ADand ADModern 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 autobiography ever written, and was an influential model for Christian writers throughout the following , years of the Middle Ages It is not a complete autobiography, as it was written in his early s, 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 th and th 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 religion 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 belief



10 thoughts on “The Confessions of Augustine of Hippo

  1. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely 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 during the first millennium have written himself a memoir I twice tried to read The Holy Bible once in English and once in Tagalog from cover to cover but failed I just got distracted by too many details and hard to remember names and ancient places and I could not appreciate what were all those characters


  2. Laura Laura 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, it is always great to read what other people s take on religion, love, hate and the human meaning.


  3. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    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 be considered a heresy by Augustine , but his influence on Christianity, philosophy, and the West can t be ignored I r


  4. Farren Farren says:

    Are you there God It s me, St Augustine.


  5. Sarah Sarah 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 not costly in a monetary sense new it is a mere 6.95 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 chapt


  6. Sean Blake Sean Blake says:

    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 exis


  7. Murtaza Murtaza 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 saint It is in part his life story, but to me it is really his spiritual biography It is in effect a long letter from himself directed towards God, expla


  8. James James says:

    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,


  9. MihaElla MihaElla 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 day and, additionally, as per my horoscope s indications, this is not my worst fault This year wasn t any different than my collected past So, while


  10. Jim Jim 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 bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it But it also is unchanging in ways that struck me when I first read it for Augustine s Confessions seem almost modern in the telling with a psychological perspective that brings his emotio


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