Confessions of Saint Augustine

Confessions of Saint Augustine

Penguin Classics
by Saint Aurelius Augustine, R. S. Pine-Coffin (Introduction and Tranlsation)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Mass market paperback, 347 pages
Price: $10.00

When Saint Augustine wrote his Confessions he was facing, and responding to, a growing spread of asceticism in the Roman world.

His task was twofold: to explain to himself the significance of his conversion to Christianity, and to do so in terms that would convince his readers that this was indeed the one, true faith.

In his attempt to achieve these aims, Saint Augustine produced a masterpiece of intellectual biography. The Confessions are written with an emotional intensity that sets him apart from the academic tradition to which he belonged, and it is this intensity, combined with ferociously self-honest analysis, that has given his work its lasting appeal. Beautifully written and suffused with philosophical and theological learning, the Confessions are an outstanding account of the search for truth by a sinner who became a great saint.

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Summary: In the original and greatest spiritual autobiography St. Augustine remembers his conversion, struggles with sin, and various philosophical musings.

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