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Rightly a classic, but if only he'd hadn't been a professor of rhetoric ....
Awful messages, but you have to appreciate the sheer powerhouse this book has been in terms of shaping Western society. With the rapid decline of Christianity in North America I am looking forward to a new paradigm that does away with much of this nonsense.
Rereading this book I am reminded once again how powerful it is and how modern it seems to be. 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 is both an apologetic account of his intellectual search for understanding and wisdom, yet in pursuing that search finding a rootlessness due to an ultimate dissatisfaction with different philosophical positions that he explores. From the carnality of his youth to the moment in the Milanese Garden when his perspective changed forever you the story is an earnest and sincere exposition of his personal growth. You do not have to be a Catholic or even a believer to appreciate the impact of events in the life of the young Augustine. The certainty for which Augustine strives is not found in philosophy alone, but rather in faith, only Christian faith, is this certainty possible for him. Having recently read Cicero myself, I was impressed that Cicero's writing had an important impact on Augustine.
His relations with his mother, Monica, are among those that still have impact on the modern reader. The combination of his personal insights, relations with friends and teachers, and the unusual (for his time) psychological portrait make one realize that this is one of those "Great" books that remind you that true insight into the human condition transcends time and place.
Bibliography: p. 425. Includes index.
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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.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)270.2092Religions History, geographic treatment, biography of Christianity History of Christianity Period of ecumenic councils; Centralization (325-787)
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I can say, however, that if one is looking for a good translation, one should look first to the Rex Warner. Most translations attempt to follow the Latin fairly closely, but his manages to be enjoyable. ( )