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The Confessions: Saint Augustine of Hippo (Ignatius Critical Editions) Paperback – July 16, 2012


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  • Series: Ignatius Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586176838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586176839
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas V. McGovern, Ph.D. on July 13, 2013
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Adolescent urges. Gang member. Loving, unwed father. Cult membership. High ambition fueled by a powerful mother. Mystical visions. Born again conversion. Who knew that being a priest, bishop, Father of the Church was in his future?

One of the chapters on memory even matches up with contemporary cognitive neuroscience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy M Cone on February 1, 2014
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This is one of the great classics of the Catholic Tradition. Augustine's Confession is the story of everyman and their struggle for truth. This book will change you life!
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Far from "political correctness", Sr. Boulding's English translation is among the most accurate available today. Any Latin freshman knows that "homo" is the term for "human person", and that is why Sr. Boulding rightly translates the term as she does throughout. Latin for "man" is "vir" which Augustine rarely employs because he is talking about the relationship between God and all humans, not just those who happen to be of the XY chromosome. If one really wants to let Augustine "ring true", as this reviewer suggests, learn your Latin! If those days have passed you by, read this edition!!
Fr. Meconi, S.J.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Artist-Writer on July 8, 2014
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First of all, it seems rather silly that anybody would presume to write a criticism of Augustine. But of this translation: It's political correctness is distracting. Where Augustine writes "et homo circumferens mortalitem suam" which translates as "man who is part of your creation" is rendered by Sister Maria as "And so, we humans, who are part of your creation." Throughout, the word homo is avoided and is filled in with words such as "anyone." It just doesn't ring true as authentic Augustine.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hawkeye on July 14, 2013
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Augustine is one of the most important figures in the development of western Christian thought. After a pivotal conversion as an adult, he was baptized in 387, ordained to the priesthood in 391 and appointed bishop of Hippo in 395.
So great was his faith, Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox churches, consider him a saint. The Protestant Church considers him to be one of the fathers of the Protestant Reformation.
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