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Confessions (St. Augustine)
Confessions is the name of a series of thirteen books by St. Augustine of Hippo written between 397 and 398 AD. In modern times, the books are usually published as a single volume known as The Confessions of St. Augustine in order to distinguish the book from other books with similar titles such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions.
The book tells about his sinful youth and how he converted to Catholicism. It is the first autobiography ever published as well as being a significant theological work. A strong Platonic, and even Stoic influence is evident in this important work.
Themes of the books
- His infancy and boyhood up to age 15;
- He falls amongst bad companions committing theft and succumbing to lust;
- His studies at Carthage, his conversion to Manichaeism and continued indulgence in lust between 16 and 19;
- Losing a friend and studies in Aristotle and the fit and the fair between 20 and 29;
- Moving away from Manichaeism under the influence of St. Ambrose in Milan at 29;
- Under the influence of St. Ambrose work, moves towards Catholicism at the age of 30;
- Moving towards a greater understanding of God at the age of 31;
- His conversion to Christianity at the age of 32 and receiving instruction by Simplicianus on how to convert others;
- His baptism at 33, the death of his mother Monica and the death of his friends Nebridius and Vecundus, and his abandonment of his studies of rhetoric;
- Continued reflections on the values of confessions;
- Reflections on Genesis;
- Continued reflections on the book of Genesis; and
- Exploration of the meaning of Genesis and the Trinity
- New Advent explanation of Confessions
- Electronic version of the Confessions of St Augustine
- Adventures of Confessions of St. Augustine Bear
- The Great Conversation Yahoo discussion group will be discussing Books I-VIII of Augustine's Confessions in the month of April, 2005.
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