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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (28 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486424669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486424668
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,121,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this new translation, Augustine's vivid descriptions of his struggles with temptations and his adoration of God, are as full of life as if written yesterday (Universe) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Dr Carolinne White was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford and has been teaching Latin language and literature at the University since 1988. In 1995, she was appointed Faculty Research Fellow by the Faculty of Literae Humaniores, and Associate Member of the SCR at St Hugh's. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 25 Jan. 2006
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Augustine's 'Confessions' is among the most important books ever written. One of the first autobiographical works in the modern sense, it also represents the first time a psychological and theological enterprise were combined. It also helps to bridge the gap between the Classical world and the Medieval world, exhibiting strong elements identifying with each of those major historical periods.
Most undergraduates in the liberal arts encounter the book at some point; all seminarians do (or should!). Many adults find (or rediscover) the book later, after school. For many in these categories, there are concepts, narrative strands and historical data new and unusual for them. However, Augustine's 'Confessions' is still generally more accessible in many ways that truly classical pieces; it has interior description as well as external reporting that we are familiar with in modern writing.
The 'Confessions' shows Augustine's personality well - he was a passionate person, but his focus wavered for much of his life until finally settling upon Christianity and the Neoplatonic synthesis with this faith. Even while remaining a passionate Christian and rejecting the sort of dualism present in the Manichee teachings, he varied between various positions within these systems. Augustine's varied thought reaches through many denominational and scholarly paradigms.
The 'Confessions' are divided into thirteen chapters, termed 'Books' - the first ten of the books are autobiographical, with Augustine describing both events in his life as well as his philosophical and religious wanderings during the course of his life. The text is somewhat difficult to take at times, as this is writing with a purpose, as indeed most autobiographies are.
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very inspiring very true to todays culcure of confusion a
guide to some one who is honest and loving god is love
intodays modern life we dont see that strong faith let us hope who read this work to
look deep within the heart and find happiness in jesus
thank god for st augustine and other great saints who lived in a time not much different to todays
world
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By billb on 2 July 2014
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as described, good print and quick delivery
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By john kingston on 9 April 2003
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Pusey's translation of the Confessions is the best there is, being both accurate and poetic.
This is one of the few books written for grown-ups, and is still relevant today, particularly Augustine's thoughts on the nature of time. And his humility is a lesson in itself.
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9 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2006
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This is an eminently Catholic book written by a sinner in his young age, becoming a singer of the heavenly pleasures of asceticism, growing older. It is a long masochistic call to God for forgiveness of his previous sins in order to get eternal bliss.

Saint Augustine sees sins everywhere and every time. Every newborn baby receives a stamp `original sin' from his first day on earth, followed immediately by `Was it a sin to cry when I wanted to be feed at the breast?' All organs are sources of sin: the ears, the eye, the smell, taste (eating and drinking) and obsessively, sex (`better a eunuch for love of the kingdom of heaven'). The bodily pleasures leave him so terrified to loose eternal bliss that `Even in my sleep I resist the attractions'!

Other characteristic cardinal Christian rules are: obey all authorities (`In his own kingdom a king has the right to make orders'), censure (`But your law, God, permits the free flow of curiosity to be stemmed'), and deep anti-science sentiments (`futile curiosities masquerade under the name of science and learning. The secrets of nature are irrelevant to our lives.')

One should think that `love thy neighbor' is one of his basic principle. Absolutely not. He is a profound sectarian: `the Manichees, I ought to have disgorged these men like vomit.'

But, why is he so sure that he is right? Because of his faith, `not a clear view'; his faith in God and the Holy Scriptures.

Saint Augustine's Confessions contain also rather childish reflections on the mind, the body-mind dichotomy, memory and, e.g., `the problem of space and God's dimensions'.

But not everything is negative in this book. There is the love for his mother and his young son.
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