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The Confessions of Saint Augustine

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Title: The Confessions of Saint Augustine  
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Language: English
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Excerpt: St. Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus) was born in 354 A.D. at Thagaste in Numidia. His father was a pagan; his mother Monnica, as appears in these Confessions, was a devout Christian, and had a definite and lasting influence on her son. Augustine studied and taught rhetoric at Thagaste, then taught at the University of Carthage, at Rome, and at Milan. While at Carthage he embraced the doctrine of the Manicheans; but under the later influence of Bishop Ambrose in Milan, and after a long emotional and intellectual struggle, he was received into the Christian Church in 387. He then returned to Africa as a priest; and in 395 became Bishop of Hippo, a post he retained until his death in 430.

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THE CONTENTS BOOK ONE ? Confessions of the greatness and unsearchableness of God, of God?s mercies in infancy and boyhood, and human wilfulness; of his own sins of idleness, abuse of his duties, and of God?s gifts up to his fifteenth year. Page 5 BOOK TWO ? Object of these Confessions. Further ills of idleness developed in his sixteenth year. Evils of ill society, which betrayed him into theft. Page 15 BOOK THREE ? His residence at Carthage from his seventeenth to his nineteenth year. Source of his disorders. Love of shows. Advance in studies, and love of wisdom. Distaste for Scripture. Led astray to the Manicheans. Refutation of some of their tenets. Grief of his mother Monnica at his heresy, and prayers for his conversion. Her vision from God, and answer through a Bishop. Page 21 BOOK FOUR ? Augustine?s life from nineteen to eight and twenty; himself a Manichean, and seducing others to the same heresy; partial obedience amidst vanity and sin; consulting astrologers, only partially shaken herein: loss of an early friend, who is converted by being baptised when in a swoon; reflections on grief, on real and unreal friendship, and love of fame; writes on ?the fair and fit,? yet cannot rightly, since he entertained wrong notions of God. Page 29 BOOK FIVE ? St. Augustine?s twentyninth year. Faustus, a snare of Satan to many, made an instrument of deliverance to St. Augustine, by showing the ignorance of the Manichees on those things, wherein they professed to have divine knowledge. Augustine gives up all thought of going further among the Manichees: is guided to Rome and Milan, where he hears St. Ambrose, leaves the Manichees, and becomes again a Catechumen in the Church Catholic. Page 39 BOOK SIX ? Arrival of Monnica at Milan; her obedience to St. Ambrose, and his value for her; St. Ambrose?s habits; Augustine?s gradual abandonment of error; finds that he has blamed the Church Catholic wrongly; desire of absolute certainty; how shaken in his worldly pursuits; God?s guidance of his friend Alypius; Augustine debates with himself and his friends about their mode of life; his inveterate sins, and dread of judgment. Page 49 BOOK SEVEN ? Augustine?s thirtyfirst year, gradually extricated from his


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