The Confessions, Part 1, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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New City Press, 1997 - Religion - 416 pages
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Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century A.D. and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life. Books I-IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, schooldays, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and intellectual exploration. Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind: Virgil and Cicero, Neoplatonism and the Bible. This volume, which aims to be usable by students who are new to Augustine, alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin, and explains his theological and philosophical questioning of what God is and what it is to be human. The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature, theology and Church history.

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Chronological Outline of Augustines Life for the Period Covered by
Student Years at Carthage
Augustine the Manichee
Faustus at Carthage Augustine to Rome and Milan
Progress Friends Perplexities
NeoPlatonism Frees Augustines Mind
Death and Rebirth
Time and Eternity
Heaven and Earth
The Days of Creation Prophecy of the Church
Index of Scripture

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About the author (1997)

Maria Boulding is a Benedictine nun of Stanbrook Abbey in England, and currently lives as a hermit. She is the author of Marked for Life: Prayer in the Easter Christ; The Coming of God; and Gateway to Hope: An Exploration of Failure. She serves on the advisory board for the ASaint Augustine: A Translation for the Twenty-first CenturyA series.