Augustine of Hippo
This classic work, The Confessions, was translated into several languages and played an important role in the spreading of the ideals of Eastern and Western Christianity.
According to his contemporary, Jerome, Augustine “established anew the ancient Faith.” In his early years he was heavily influenced by Manichaeism and afterward by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus.
Saint Augustine wasn't always a saint. He led a turbulent and licentious youth, and belonged to the fourth century equivalent of a street gang. At the age of 29, he met a young man, Ambrose, whose intelligence, kindness and strong faith fascinated and puzzled Augustine. Then at the age of thirty-two, under Ambrose's tutelage, Augustine converted to Christianity and went on to be one of the most influential Christians throughout history.
Written in 400 AD, less than a decade after his ordination to the priesthood, a mere four years after becoming bishop of Hippo, he wrote Confessions in his forties. He was a man looking back and looking forward, an apt simile perhaps for the role Augustine played in the history of the Church, that of a bridge between two distinct eras.
Confessions traces a pilgrimage of unbounded grace, passionately wrestling with the spiritual questions that have engaged thoughtful minds since time began. It is Augustine's utter candor about his own sin and his struggle to reconcile his mind and soul to God's holy character that made Confessions the classic that it has been for fifteen centuries and compelling to readers still today.Companion volume to HP's trade paper edition of Augustine's City of God Classic text, edited by Albert Cook Outler Larger, easy-to-read edition Competitively priced "It is difficult to find a theologian - from any age - who has not been influenced by the teachings of St. Augustine."
Richard Foster, Devotional Classics.
As the psalms are a microcosm of the Old Testament, so the Expositions of the Psalms can be seen as a microcosm of Augustinian thought. They recapitulate and focus the experiences of AugustineÂ’s personal life, his theological reflections, and his pastoral concerns as Bishop of Hippo.
Â“This first volume of the Exposition of the Psalms in Sister Maria Boulding's fine translation fills a long existing vacuum among the translated works of Augustine available to contemporary readers. Her clear and attractive translation presents Augustine's expression of his own spirituality, which necessarily entails his most valuable theological insights. The comprehensive and scholarly 51-page introduction by Michael Fiedrowicz offers a key to the Psalms' various depths of meaning and shows how they are a microcosm of Augustinian thought.Â”
Mary T. Clark, RSCJ
Author of: Augustine in the
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This classic work, The City of God, was translated into several languages and played an important role in the spreading of the ideals of Eastern and Western Christianity.
“The bodies of irrational animals are bent toward the ground, whereas man was made to walk erect with his eyes on heaven, as though to remind him to keep his thoughts on things above.” - Augustine, City of God
Divided into 22 books, City of God is a Christian masterpiece devoted to the Kingdom of God. Augustine wrote it at a time when Romans thought the destruction around them was a direct consequence of their disregard for the old pagan ways. Augustine argues this view setting the cornerstone of modern Western philosophy and way of life.
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with his Confessions, The City of God
is undoubtedly St. Augustine’s most influential work. In the context of
what begins as a lengthy critique of classic Roman religion and a defense of
Christianity, Augustine touches upon numerous topics, including the role of
grace, the original state of humanity, the possibility of waging a just war,
the ideal form of government, and the nature of heaven and hell. But his
major concern is the difference between the City of God and the City of Man –
one built on love of God, the other on love of self. One cannot but be
moved and impressed by the author’s breadth of interest and
penetrating intelligence. For all those who are interested in the greatest
classics of Christian antiquity, The City of God is indispensible.
This long-awaited translation by William Babcock is published in
two volumes, with an introduction and annotation that make Augustine’s monumental
work approachable. Books 11-22 offer Augustine’s Christian view of history, including the Christian
view of human destiny. The INDEX for
Books 1-22 (both volumes of The City of
God) is contained in this edition.