The Confessions

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-15
  • Publisher: New City Pr

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"The Confessions" is an all time number one Christian classic -- an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer written by St. Augustine because he felt called by God to make this confession. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, calls Boulding's translation "a different level of excellence from practically anything else on the market. She has perfected an elegant and flowing style." This 2nd edition includes a long-awaited annotated bibliography.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Chronological Outline of Augustline's Life for the Period Covered by the Confessionsp. 34
Revisionsp. 36
The Confessions
Infancy and Boyhoodp. 39
Opening prayer and meditationp. 39
Infancyp. 43
Learning to speakp. 47
Augustine goes to schoolp. 48
His baptism is deferredp. 50
Latin and Greek studiesp. 52
Childish sinsp. 59
Thanksgivingp. 60
Adolescencep. 62
Sexual awakeningp. 62
A year at homep. 64
Adolescent lustp. 66
He robs a pear treep. 67
Question of motivesp. 68
The prodigal's wanderings beginp. 74
Student Years at Carthagep. 75
Student life: sex and showsp. 75
The "wreckers"p. 78
The quest for wisdom: Cicero's Hortensiusp. 79
Distaste for scripturep. 80
He joins the Manicheesp. 80
Monica, grieved, is consoled by a visionp. 89
"A son of tears"p. 90
Augustine the Manicheep. 92
Augustine sells rhetorical skillsp. 92
He begins to cohabit with an unnamed girlp. 93
He investigates astrologyp. 94
Death of a friend at Thagastep. 96
Consolation in other friends at Carthagep. 100
Transience of created thingsp. 101
What is beauty? He writes a bookp. 105
He reads Aristotle's Categoriesp. 109
Faustus at Carthage, Augustine to Rome and Milanp. 113
Augustine hopes to question Faustusp. 115
Valid observations of the natural world by "philosophers"p. 115
Manichlean assertions about natural phenomena are astrayp. 118
Augustine is disappointed in Faustusp. 119
Indiscipline among his students prompts move to Romep. 122
Monica's opposition; Augustine departs by stealthp. 123
Illness in Rome; Manichean contactsp. 125
Appeal of Academic skepticismp. 127
Augustine teaches in Romep. 129
He wins a teaching post in Milanp. 130
He arrives in Milan and meets Ambrosep. 131
Milan, 385: Progress, Friends, Perplexitiesp. 134
Monica comes to Milanp. 134
Bishop Ambrosep. 137
Augustine finds some enlightenmentp. 139
Hollowness of his secular ambitions; the drunken beggarp. 142
Alypiusp. 144
Nebridiusp. 150
Perplexities and plans: philosophy and the problem of continencep. 150
Projected marriagep. 154
Dream of an ideal communityp. 155
Dismissal of Augustine's common-law wife; his griefp. 156
Neo-Platonism Frees Augustine's Mindp. 158
Materialistic notions of God insufficientp. 158
The problem of evilp. 161
The finally rejects astrologyp. 164
Still searchingp. 168
He reads "the books of the Platonists"p. 169
The attempts Platonic ecstasy, but is "beaten back"p. 172
New light on the problem of evilp. 173
Fresh attempt at mounting to God; he attains That Which Isp. 176
He realizes the need for Christ the Mediatorp. 178
Christ the Wayp. 180
Augustine discovers Saint Paulp. 181
Conversionp. 184
Conversation with Simplicianusp. 186
Story of Victorinus' conversionp. 186
Augustine longs to imitate him, but is hindered by lustful habitp. 192
Conversation with Ponticianusp. 194
Story of conversion of two court officials at Trierp. 196
Struggle in the gardenp. 199
"Pick it up and read"p. 206
Conversion of Augustine and Alypius Monica's joyp. 207
Death and Rebirthp. 209
Augustine decides to renounce his careerp. 210
To Cassiciacum with his mother, son, and friendsp. 213
He lives with the psalmsp. 214
They return to Milan and are baptizedp. 219
Used of hymns in liturgyp. 220
Discovery of the bodies of two saintsp. 221
Monica's storyp. 222
Ostiap. 226
Monica's deathp. 230
Augustine's griefp. 231
Peacep. 235
Memoryp. 237
Motives for confessionp. 237
Looking for God in creaturesp. 241
Looking the God in himself: the fields of memoryp. 244
Universal desire for happinessp. 256
In memory he knows Godp. 260
"Give what you command"p. 263
Concupiscence of the flesh: sense of touchp. 263
Tastep. 265
Smellp. 268
Hearingp. 269
Sightp. 270
Concupiscence of the eyesp. 273
The third great temptation: pridep. 275
Summary of all his discoveriesp. 280
The Mediator, priest and victimp. 281
Time and Eternityp. 284
Augustine prays for understanding of the scripturesp. 284
In the Beginning God made heaven and Earthp. 287
God creates in his Wordp. 288
This Word is eternalp. 290
The eternal Word is the Beginningp. 291
"What was God doing before that?" Meaningless questionp. 293
Time, a creature of God-what is it?p. 295
Movements of the heavenly bodies are not time itself, but only markers of itp. 302
Perhaps time is tension of our consciousnessp. 305
Out time and God's eternityp. 310
Heaven and Earthp. 312
Heaven's heaven is the spiritual creationp. 312
Formless matter, the abyssp. 313
There was no time therep. 317
Summary of foregoing remarks on spiritual and material creationp. 319
Some people disagree with me about the spiritual and material creationp. 321
Augustine's response to those who disagreep. 324
The author's intention must be sought, in charityp. 327
"If I had been Moses"p. 334
How fruitful are these verses of Genesis!p. 335
Conclusion: the one Truth, many human approachesp. 339
The Days of Creation, Prophecy of the Churchp. 342
Why did God create?p. 343
Not for any deserving on the creature's sidep. 344
God's Spirit, Third Person of the Trinityp. 345
Allegorical interpretation of Gn 1. Day One: Lightp. 350
Day Two: The vault of scripturep. 353
Day Three: Bitter sea, dry land, fruitfulnessp. 356
Day Four: Lamps of wisdom and knowledgep. 357
Day Five: Sea creatures represent signs and sacramentsp. 360
Day Six: Animals, the living soulp. 362
Humanity in God's image and likenessp. 364
Increase and multiplyp. 368
God assigns them their foodp. 370
God saw that it was exceedingly good (against the Manichees)p. 373
Summary of literal exegesis; man and womanp. 376
Summary of allegorical exegesisp. 377
Conclusion: rest on the seventh dayp. 379
Index of Scripturep. 381
Indexp. 383
A Bibliographic Guidep. 417
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