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St. Augustine , Edward Bouverie Pusey
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11 Nov 2009
Augustine is one of the greatest thinkers that the world has ever known, and it shines through in "The Confessions of St. Augustine". In this book, Augustine manages to cover an amazing number of topics, and does so in a beautiful way, filled with prayers to God. "The Confessions of St. Augustine" is a beautiful book. Augustines gradual turn toward God is glorious. This book beautifully illustrates the human ability for transformation and transcendence. Along with Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas, "The Confessions of St. Augustine" gives one a good grasp of the early Christian and Catholic theory.

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Unabridged edition (11 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449595669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449595661
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,735,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Bishop of Hippo Regius, also known as St. Augustine or St. Austin, was a Berber philosopher and theologian. Augustine, a Latin church father, is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. Augustine was heavily influenced by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. He framed the concepts of original sin and just war. When the Roman Empire in the West was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name) distinct from the material City of Man. His thought profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. Augustine's City of God was closely identified with the church, and was the community which worshipped God. Augustine was born in the city of Thagaste, the present day Souk Ahras, Algeria, to a pagan father named Patricius and a Catholic mother named Monica. He was educated in North Africa and resisted his mother's pleas to become Christian. Living as a pagan intellectual, he took a concubine and became a Manichean. Later he converted to Christianity, became a bishop, and opposed heresies, such as the belief that people can have the ability to choose to be good to such a degree as to merit salvation without divine aid (Pelagianism).In the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinian religious order; his memorial is celebrated 28 August. Many Protestants, especially Calvinists, consider him to be one of the theological fathers of Reformation teaching on salvation and divine grace. In the Eastern Orthodox Church he is blessed, and his feast day is celebrated on 15 June, though a minority are of the opinion that he is a heretic, primarily because of his statements concerning what became known as the filioque clause. Among the Orthodox he is called Blessed Augustine, or St. Augustine the Blessed.

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This book may not seem very ground-breaking to modern readers who have grown up within a western culture influenced by these ideas, however it is one of the foundational works of western thought. Whether or not you agree with Augustine's conclusions and ideals, no argument can be made about early western thought without confronting the influence and presence of this work. If read on an allegorical as well as a surface level, his original combination of christian symbolism and classical philosophy is clearly that of a genius. This melding of ideas began with earlier scholars, but was completely realized in this work. By all means give this work a chance, and be patient through what seems like difficult prose to the modern reader.
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An in depth look at the nature of evil through the personal struggle of the great Augustine of Hippo. The book, written in a prayerful, confessional style (hence the name), reaches to the heights and depths of human emotion and question. A highly recommended read for those searching for clues to some life's endless questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting christian read 3 Jan 2011
By C. Rae
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The confessions of Saint Augustine were an interesting historical read. This was my first time to read the confessions and I am glad that I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! 28 Nov 2012
By Paul Munro VINE VOICE
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Augustines struggle with daily life (and sins) and particularly his manly struggle against lust and its effects are plain in this book. I found his story illuminating and helpful. I recommend this one!!
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The Confessions is a strangely vulnerable and lyrical account on a subject where we would expect dogmatism and grandiosity. Despite the "St." in front of his name Augustine comes across as the kind of slob that we might run across at any time. He reminds us of ourselves. Here we do not find certitude or self-satisfaction only a weird kind of singing, of phrasing, of worship. What we find here is a book of poetry.
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