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Confessions of St. Augustine

by Saint Augustine

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One of the most influential religious books in the Christian tradition recalls crucial events in the author's life: his mid-4th-century origins in rural Algeria; the rise to a lavish lifestyle at the imperial court in Milan; his struggle with sexual desires; eventual renunciation of secular ambitions and marriage; and recovery of his Catholic faith.… (more)
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In Saint Augustine's Confessions, he recounts his journey from being a young atheist living large and looking for answers with his intellect, to his eventual conversion to Christianity through the efforts of his mother, and the peace and security he found in his faith.

I found this book interesting more theoretically than in actuality. Although I'm not a believer, stories about faith (particularly people who came to faith rather than just continuing to believe what they have been taught since they were children) are intriguing...what makes a person decide to believe or renew a belief they had drifted away from? I suspect most of them would describe it the way that Augustine does, as a realization of a truth that they'd been looking for, consciously or unconsciously, throughout their lives. But the environment that produces that realization can vary...sometimes friends and family are involved, sometimes it's an intensely personal experience, sometimes it comes out of the blue, and sometimes right after a major life event that shifted perspective in a significant way.

I didn't realize until I'd already started it that the Kindle copy of the book that I was working with was an abridged edition. I'm not sure if that was a positive or a negative, honestly. While the book never really engaged me until the end, when Augustine gets more analytical about his beliefs, and I was therefore rather happy that there wasn't more of it to get through, perhaps that's because a more developed narrative would have been more compelling all along? I can't honestly say. I didn't personally enjoy reading this particular edition and wouldn't recommend it for a general audience, but for an audience curious and inclined to enjoy books about religion, this would be a worthwhile read. ( )
  GabbyHM | Jun 24, 2020 |
Rated: D
Confessions by St. Augustine is a Christian classical read written around 400 AD (like before we knew the world was round). The autobiographical books (I-IX) reveal his life of sin before his conversion to Christianity. Very enlightening witnessing a misspent youth coming to know the truth in Christ. However, the remainder of the books (X-XIII) where he shares his commentary on time and creation based on his understanding of the book of Genesis were far too glandular to the point of irrelevance. ( )
  jmcdbooks | May 13, 2020 |
I read this because I'm working my way through Clifton Fadiman's "The New Lifetime Reading Plan" (1999), and this book was number 22. So, o.k., I've checked that box. I sense some people like it because this intelligent and sincere man was the most effective defender the Church has had in its long history. So it's worth knowing his thought processes for that reason alone. He was a spiritual seeker who tried on different philosophies like Manichaeism and Neoplatonism before settling on Catholicism, but he apparently knew nothing of Buddhism or Taoism. I sense that if he'd been born in India we'd be reading a Buddhism apologia rather than a Christian one. I get that this is a moving account of one person's journey toward God, but he (like Aristotle) couldn't know anymore about creation than the limits of logic allowed. The philosopher Protagoras said: "As for the gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or that they do not exist." Augustine, however, presupposes God, and sin, and the sanctity of scripture. For me, this was not an open minded discussion, but mainly devotional stuff. Also, I challenge anyone to really understand what he's trying to say in Books 10-13. It is very difficult, very metaphysical. I think it would be more accessible to advanced philosophy majors than to most average readers. ( )
  chas69 | May 6, 2020 |
Reprint. New York, NY : Arno Press, 1979 ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
He was born 354 A.D. in Thagaste, Numidia of a Roman father (Patricius) and a Berber mother Monica, and died 430 A.D. in Hippo, Algeria. He became one of the greatest writers of Christian theology largely through the preservation of his writings. He was a product of his times; women were for sexual enjoyment, and procreation, and were to obey their husbands. This was a challenging read, completed through a sense of duty, not of enjoyment. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Feb 6, 2020 |
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An allegorical interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis (Book XIII)
dedicated to parentibus meis
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You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised: great is your power and to your wisdom there is no limit.
You are great, O Lord, and very worthy of praise; mighty is your power and your wisdom is immeasurable.
'Vast are you, Lord, and vast should be your praise' - 'vast what you do; what you know beyond assaying.'
Great art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised;  great is Thy power, and of Thy wisdom there is no number.   [tr. F. J. Sheed]
It became clear to me that things which are subject to corruption must be good, for if they were perfect, or not good at all, they could not be corrupted.
Corruption is an agent of harm but if it is not taking away from what is good, it is causing no harm.
Who remembers the sins of my infancy? ... What were my sins? Did I bawl too loudly for the breast?
As an adolescent I had prayed ... "Give me chastity and give me control over myself, BUT NOT YET".
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