Confessions / Saint Augustine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Henry Chadwick.

By: Augustine, Saint, Bishop of HippoContributor(s): Chadwick, Henry, 1920-2008Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Original language: Latin Series: Publication details: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008Description: xxviii, 311 p. ; 20 cmISBN: 9780199537822 (pbk.); 0199537828 (pbk.)Subject(s): Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo | Christian saints -- Algeria -- Hippo (Extinct city) -- Biography | Hippo (Extinct city) -- BiographyLOC classification: BR65.A6 | E5 2008
Contents:
Early years -- Adolescence -- Student at Carthage -- Manichee and astrologer -- Carthage, Rome, and Milan -- Secular ambitions and conflicts -- A neoplatonic quest -- The birthpangs of conversion -- Cassiciacum to Monica's death -- Memory -- Time and eternity -- Platonic and Christian creation -- Finding the church in Genesis I.
Summary: In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his "Confessions" is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood. Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of Augustine's conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint's fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine's beloved mother, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine's concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references and allusions that are easily understood only with background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make "The Confessions" accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish the context. The religious and philosophical value of "The Confessions" is unquestionable--now modern readers will have easier access to St. Augustine's deeply personal meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and helpful introduction clear the way for a new experience of this classic.
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Integrated Humanities 1


Translated from the Latin.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxvii]-xxviii) and index.

Early years -- Adolescence -- Student at Carthage -- Manichee and astrologer -- Carthage, Rome, and Milan -- Secular ambitions and conflicts -- A neoplatonic quest -- The birthpangs of conversion -- Cassiciacum to Monica's death -- Memory -- Time and eternity -- Platonic and Christian creation -- Finding the church in Genesis I.

In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his "Confessions" is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood. Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of Augustine's conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint's fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine's beloved mother, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine's concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references and allusions that are easily understood only with background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make "The Confessions" accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish the context. The religious and philosophical value of "The Confessions" is unquestionable--now modern readers will have easier access to St. Augustine's deeply personal meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and helpful introduction clear the way for a new experience of this classic.

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