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The Confessions of St. Augustine Paperback – June 9, 2017
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Augustine of Hippo (13 November 354 – 28 August 430), also known as Saint Augustine, Saint Austin, Blessed Augustine, and the Doctor of Grace, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius (modern-day Annaba, Algeria), located in Numidia, Roman province of Africa. He is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. Among his most important works are The City of God and Confessions. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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+ Completely relevant today, regarding spiritual matters and culture... even originating from the 300/400's, A.D..
+ The choice of font, font size, formatting.
+ Specific and unobtrusive detailed footnotes into Augustine's perspective/philosophy/age (in addition to the referenced Biblical passages.) There's Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Virgil, Plotinus, Porphyry, various Manicheans, Neoplatonism, etc.; alongside where this quote or thought can be found in other texts and/or the defining of such material.
- and oddly a "+": Unfortunately, a glued binding. For shame Oxford! (Well for this price, I do consider it a great deal. So, thank-you Oxford.)
The Holy Bible is my true source of Wisdom... yet to see insight from a true Christian genius, a product of such Godly Wisdom, Augustine's knowledge and life applications easily conquer nearly any "theologian" or "scholar" today.
Augustine can seem antiquated in "common" modern social settings to many. (For instance: about the commonality of "plays", types of schooling.) Yet, suddenly I see his Biblically-inspired conviction/thought reflected in certain movies, internet videos, etc.. This is only one very brief example.
So do your mind and soul a favor. Purchase (or borrow/rent from a library/school) this intelligently translated and well-thought out English edition.
The Simon Vance (Hovel Audio) audio edition of Pusey's translation, the book being now either extinct or "open source", is a great addition and helpful reminder of the constant wisdom that that this book is constantly presenting.
To quote a famous portion. (The "..." insertions are my own.):
"... weeping in the bitter agony of my heart, suddenly I heard a voice from the nearby house chanting ... saying and repeating over and over again ‘Pick up and read, pick up and read.' ... I interpreted it solely as a divine command to me to open the book and read the first chapter I might find. ... So I hurried back ... I had put down the book of the apostle ... I seized it, opened it and in silence read the first passage on which my eyes lit: ‘Not in riots and drunken parties, not in eroticism and indecencies, not in strife and rivalry, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in its lusts’ (Rom. 13: 13–14).
I neither wished nor needed to read further. At once, with the last words of this sentence, it was as if a light of relief from all anxiety flooded into my heart. All the shadows of doubt were dispelled."
-Saint Augustine, Confessions, Book VIII: The Birthpangs of Conversion; Henry Chadwick translation
The relative pronouns he used in Latin as well as the rest of grammar Augustine used, signify that he has become humbled before God in such way is difficult describe using English grammar. It is clear that Augustine reveres God more than anyone or anything, and he sees how much God has done for him. Augustine, the bishop of Hippo, grasped the preeminence of God perhaps as well as anyone to ever live who was not named in the scriptures.