The Confessions


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Aims and Scope In this brief and incisive book, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the story of the Confessions --what motivated Augustine to dictate it, how it asks to be read, and the many ways it has been misread in the one-and-a-half millennia since it was composed.

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Following Wills's biography of Augustine and his translation of the Confessions , this is an unparalleled introduction to one of the most important books in the Christian and Western traditions. Understandably fascinated by the story of Augustine's life, modern readers have largely succumbed to the temptation to read the Confessions as autobiography. But, Wills argues, this is a mistake. The book is not autobiography but rather a long prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, not man.

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Augustine tells the story of his life not for its own significance but in order to discern how, as a drama of sin and salvation leading to God, it fits into sacred history. With unmatched clarity and skill, Wills strips away the centuries of misunderstanding that have accumulated around Augustine's spiritual classic.

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Please find details to our shipping fees here. Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. Overview Aims and Scope In this brief and incisive book, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the story of the Confessions --what motivated Augustine to dictate it, how it asks to be read, and the many ways it has been misread in the one-and-a-half millennia since it was composed.

His recent books include St. Like a biography of a person, this volume takes Augustine's Confessions and traces its birth, growth and decline, and legacy. Since so much of an author's life is connected to his or her work--especially in the case of Confessions --this can't help but include a decent amount of Augustine's own bio.

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Very readable and highly engaging. He traces its trajectory from first appearance at the end of the 4th century AD until our time, and discusses the ideas contained within it. The result is readable and illuminating, and it sent this reader to Google and Amazon in search of more. For Wills, this misreading of Augustine's best-known work has given us any number of interpretations Freudian, sociological, historical that obscure the point.

And that point is? According to Wills, Confessions exist as a kind of 'training ground' or preparation for a reading of the Bible. He shows us how Augustine uses incidents from his life some actual, some allegorical, some difficult to place on either side of the ledger to turn the reader's mind toward holy writ, specifically Genesis. His arguments make for vivid reading. It is worth every minute spent on a first reading, and I have no doubt I will go back to the underlined passages each time I reread Confessions in the future. If we follow Wills' instructions we will discover new riches in St.

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Also in Image Classics. Also by St. See all books by St. About St. Augustine Saint Augustine was one of those towering figures who so dominated his age that the age itself bears his name.

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