ISBN-10: 1565484452

ISBN-13: 9781565484450

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Saint Augustine, Maria Boulding

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"The Confessions" is an all time number one Christian classic -- an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer written by St. Augustine because he felt called by God to make this confession. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, calls Boulding's translation "a different level of excellence from practically anything else on the market. She has perfected an elegant and flowing style." This 2nd edition includes a long-awaited annotated bibliography.
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New City Press of the Focolare
Publication date: 6/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 425
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Thagaste, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war. His thoughts greatly influenced the medieval worldview. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396. Augustine was one of the most prolific Latin authors in terms of surviving works, and the list of his works consists of more than one hundred separate titles. His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinians. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians. Augustine died on August 28, 430.

Chronological Outline of Augustline's Life for the Period Covered by the Confessions
The Confessions
Infancy and Boyhood
Opening prayer and meditation
Learning to speak
Augustine goes to school
His baptism is deferred
Latin and Greek studies
Childish sins
Sexual awakening
A year at home
Adolescent lust
He robs a pear tree
Question of motives
The prodigal's wanderings begin
Student Years at Carthage
Student life: sex and shows
The "wreckers"
The quest for wisdom: Cicero's Hortensius
Distaste for scripture
He joins the Manichees
Monica, grieved, is consoled by a vision
"A son of tears"
Augustine the Manichee
Augustine sells rhetorical skills
He begins to cohabit with an unnamed girl
He investigates astrology
Death of a friend at Thagaste
Consolation in other friends at Carthage
Transience of created things
What is beauty? He writes a book
He reads Aristotle's Categories
Faustus at Carthage, Augustine to Rome and Milan
Augustine hopes to question Faustus
Valid observations of the natural world by "philosophers"
Manichlean assertions about natural phenomena are astray
Augustine is disappointed in Faustus
Indiscipline among his students prompts move to Rome
Monica's opposition; Augustine departs by stealth
Illness in Rome; Manichean contacts
Appeal of Academic skepticism
Augustine teaches in Rome
He wins a teaching post in Milan
He arrives in Milan and meets Ambrose
Milan, 385: Progress, Friends, Perplexities
Monica comes to Milan
Bishop Ambrose
Augustine finds some enlightenment
Hollowness of his secular ambitions; the drunken beggar
Perplexities and plans: philosophy and the problem of continence
Projected marriage
Dream of an ideal community
Dismissal of Augustine's common-law wife; his grief
Neo-Platonism Frees Augustine's Mind
Materialistic notions of God insufficient
The problem of evil
The finally rejects astrology
Still searching
He reads "the books of the Platonists"
The attempts Platonic ecstasy, but is "beaten back"
New light on the problem of evil
Fresh attempt at mounting to God; he attains That Which Is
He realizes the need for Christ the Mediator
Christ the Way
Augustine discovers Saint Paul
Conversation with Simplicianus
Story of Victorinus' conversion
Augustine longs to imitate him, but is hindered by lustful habit
Conversation with Ponticianus
Story of conversion of two court officials at Trier
Struggle in the garden
"Pick it up and read"
Conversion of Augustine and Alypius Monica's joy
Death and Rebirth
Augustine decides to renounce his career
To Cassiciacum with his mother, son, and friends
He lives with the psalms
They return to Milan and are baptized
Used of hymns in liturgy
Discovery of the bodies of two saints
Monica's story
Monica's death
Augustine's grief
Motives for confession
Looking for God in creatures
Looking the God in himself: the fields of memory
Universal desire for happiness
In memory he knows God
"Give what you command"
Concupiscence of the flesh: sense of touch
Concupiscence of the eyes
The third great temptation: pride
Summary of all his discoveries
The Mediator, priest and victim
Time and Eternity
Augustine prays for understanding of the scriptures
In the Beginning God made heaven and Earth
God creates in his Word
This Word is eternal
The eternal Word is the Beginning
"What was God doing before that?" Meaningless question
Time, a creature of God-what is it?
Movements of the heavenly bodies are not time itself, but only markers of it
Perhaps time is tension of our consciousness
Out time and God's eternity
Heaven and Earth
Heaven's heaven is the spiritual creation
Formless matter, the abyss
There was no time there
Summary of foregoing remarks on spiritual and material creation
Some people disagree with me about the spiritual and material creation
Augustine's response to those who disagree
The author's intention must be sought, in charity
"If I had been Moses"
How fruitful are these verses of Genesis!
Conclusion: the one Truth, many human approaches
The Days of Creation, Prophecy of the Church
Why did God create?
Not for any deserving on the creature's side
God's Spirit, Third Person of the Trinity
Allegorical interpretation of Gn 1. Day One: Light
Day Two: The vault of scripture
Day Three: Bitter sea, dry land, fruitfulness
Day Four: Lamps of wisdom and knowledge
Day Five: Sea creatures represent signs and sacraments
Day Six: Animals, the living soul
Humanity in God's image and likeness
Increase and multiply
God assigns them their food
God saw that it was exceedingly good (against the Manichees)
Summary of literal exegesis; man and woman
Summary of allegorical exegesis
Conclusion: rest on the seventh day
Index of Scripture
A Bibliographic Guide
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