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Confessions (St. Augustine)

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Confessions is the name of a series of thirteen books by St. Augustine of Hippo written between 397 and 398 AD. In modern times, the books are usually published as a single volume known as The Confessions of St. Augustine in order to distinguish the book from other books with similar titles such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions.

The book tells about his sinful youth and how he converted to Christianity. It is the first autobiography ever published and it is also a significant theological work. A strong Platonic, and even Stoic influence is evident in this important work.

Themes of the books

  1. His infancy and boyhood up to age 15;
  2. He falls amongst bad companions committing theft and succumbing to lust;
  3. His studies at Carthage, his conversion to Manichaeism and continued indulgence in lust between 16 and 19;
  4. Losing a friend and studies in Aristotle and the fit and the fair between 20 and 29;
  5. Moving away from Manichaeism under the influence of St. Ambrose in Milan at 29;
  6. Under the influence of St. Ambrose work, moves towards Catholicism at the age of 30;
  7. Moving towards a greater understanding of God at the age of 31;
  8. His conversion to Christianity at the age of 32 and receiving instruction by Simplicianus on how to convert others;
  9. His baptism at 33, the death of his mother Monica and the death of his friends Nebridius and Vecundus, and his abandonment of his studies of rhetoric;
  10. Continued reflections on the values of confessions;
  11. Reflections on Genesis;
  12. Continued reflections on the book of Genesis; and
  13. Exploration of the meaning of Genesis and the Trinity

Links

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