By his own account, St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D.354-430) lived a life of sin until his conversion to Christianity at the age of 32. Twelve years later he gave a personal account of his search for truth in the Confessions. Augustine's life is especiallyappealing because it is the story of a... show more
By his own account, St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D.354-430) lived a life of sin until his conversion to Christianity at the age of 32. Twelve years later he gave a personal account of his search for truth in the Confessions. Augustine's life is especiallyappealing because it is the story of a great sinner who became a great saint, and greatness is all the more admirable if it is achieved against such odds. He paints such a black picture of his past that the reader might easily lose sight of the goodqualities which he most certinaly possessed. Augustine's decision to accept the Christian faith is the central point of the book. To do so he must examine his life and faith through the following progression: first, a confession of his own sin and error; second, a recognition of God's goodness and truth; thirdly, thanks and praise to God for His mercy. Augustine is led from confession of sin to confession of faith, and finally to confession of God's glory.
Publish date: January 1st 2009
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Saint Augustine, at heart, is a theologian, and the problem I find with most theologians is that much of their work tends to be dry and academic, and Saint Augustine is no exception. However in his Confessions we encounter a completely different side, at least in the first nine books. Saint Augustin...
Took me a long time to read this one; I think I've been too heavy on the classics-side of my reading list, and I'm getting burned on classics.Hmm... first of all, "of Hippo"... how awesome! I want that as a last name.Okay, on the whole, an interesting conversion story to read. Augustine is a thinker...
My second time reading this book. As a non-believer reading about Saints may not seem an obvious multiple reading choice to some. For a long time I've been fascinated by St. Augustine, his struggles and his thoughts on time, evolution and the Bible. This is the type of book to read slowly and mull o...
Augustine was a lusty fellow. A trait he considered one of his major flaws and one he struggled for most of his life to suppress. In what must have been sensationalist terms at the time, and given his position in the Church, he describes his path from skilled rhetorician to Manichean to Catholic. ...
Up to four stars now. Augustine was a cool dude. His views on music were sorta dumb but everyone's allowed to say one stupid thing in their lives, I suppose.
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