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Augustine of Hippo ( read online ) Confessiones

Augustine of Hippo ✓ 6 review

Dents who are new to Augustine alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin and explains his theological and philosophical uestioning of what God is and what it is to be human The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature theology and Church histo. Due to unknown and mysterious reasons each and every year chiefly on Labour day at my side always celebrated on 1st May and of course a day off I seem to fall under a moral paralysis while suffering a bit of nervous physical inability which converts me into the laziest person ever Fortunately this seems to last only one day and additionally as per my horoscope s indications this is not my worst fault This year wasn t any different than my collected past So while gazing for an hour or two at a blank wall again fortunately I have only one blank wall in my room all the others are veiled by furniture dozing for a few times under a cosy sweet morning sleep suddenly upon waking up I felt snapping into action and jumped on one of the bookcases and decided for the day to be under maybe a bit not so highly appetizing book Obviously an unconscious prejudiceThe choice for the day was this small light book I don t know why upon picking it up from the bookshop I thought that this is all of it I mean it contains All of the Augustine saint s Confessions But it is not Of course there are many texts chopped and left just with in the parenthesises Reading wise it was very pleasant and smooth transition between the chapters I felt that some things were than reasonable enough to say and write anyone anytime anywhere The areas where ideas were being converted into a heavier block of comments suddenly were not Again some chapters were so short length just 1 3 pages which left me with a very unconvincing insight on the treated theme or subject However overall I really had pleasure reading these passionate confessions In some places I even felt envy towards the saint IF only I could say the same for things that are under my umbrella But hopefully the time is not yet lost In some parts of the book I got under this strong impression that I am re reading something that I once read in God s Pauper Saint Francis of Assisi by Nikos Kazantzakis Under the paint brush of Kazantzakis Francis was one of the most loving characters but so desperately suffering that made me put away the book time and again so to regain some strength for further reading I recall I read some biography of St Francis of Assisi also by Herman Hesse It was also a small light book that gave me some glimpses of the life of this well famous personage but in my memory the images of things imprinted upon it by my former habits still linger on When I am awake they obtrude themselves upon me though with little strength But when I dream they not only give me pleasure but are very much like acuiescence in the act The power which these illusory images have over my soul and my body is so great that what Is no than a vision can influence me in sleep in a way that the reality cannot do when I am awake Surely it cannot be that when I am asleep I am not myself And yet the moment when I pass from wakefulness to sleep or return again from sleep to wakefulness marks a great difference in me During sleep where is my reason which when I am awake resists such suggestions and remains firm and undismayed even in face of the realities themselves Is it sealed off when I close my eyes Does it fall asleep with the senses of the body And why is it that even in sleep I often resist the attractions of these images for I remember my chaste resolutions and abide by them and give no consent to temptations of this sort Yet the difference between waking and sleeping is so great that even when during sleep it happens otherwise I return to a clear conscience when I wake and realize that because of this difference I was not responsible for the act although I am sorry that by some means or other it happened to meI must now speak of a different kind of temptation dangerous than these because it is complicated For in addition to our bodily appetites which make us long to gratify all our senses and our pleasures and lead to our ruin if we stay away from you by becoming their slaves the mind if also subject to a certain propensity to use the sense of the body not for self indulgence of a physical kind but for the satisfaction of its own inuisitiveness This futile curiosity masuerades under the name of science and learning and since it derives from our thirst of knowledge and sight is the principal sense by which knowledge is acuired in the Scriptures it is called the gratification of the eye We can easily distinguish between the motives of pleasure and curiosity When the senses demand pleasure they look for objects of visual beauty harmonious sounds fragrant perfumes and things that are pleasant to the taste or soft to the touch But when their motive is curiosity they may look for just the reverse of these things simply to put it to the proof not for the sake of an unpleasant experience but from a relish for investigation and discovery What pleasure can there be in the sight of a mangled corpse which can only horrify Yet people will flock to see one lying on the ground simply for the sensation of sorrow and horror that it gives them They are even afraid that it may bring them nightmares as though it were something that they had been forced to look at while they were awake or something to which they had been attracted by rumours of its beauty Who can understand the omnipotent Trinity We all speak of it though we may not speak of it as it truly is for rarely does a soul know what it is saying when it speaks of the Trinity Men wrangle and dispute about it but it is a vision that is given to none unless they are at peaceThere are three things all found in man himself which I should like men to consider They are far different from the Trinity but I suggest them as a subject for mental exercise by which we can test ourselves and realize how great this difference is The three things are existence knowledge and will for I can say that I am I know and I will I am a being which knows and wills I know both that I am and that I will and I will both to be and to know In these three being knowledge and will there is one inseparable life one life one mind one essence and therefore although they are distinct from one another the distinction does not separate them This must be plain to anyone who has the ability to understand it In fact he need not look beyond himself Let him examine himself closely take stock and tell me what he findsBut when he has found a common principle in these three and has told me what he finds he must not think that he has discovered that which is above them all and is unchangeable that which immutably is immutably knows and immutably wills For none of us can easily conceive whether God is a Trinity because all these three immutable being immutable knowledge and immutable will are together in him whether all three are together in each person of the Trinity so that each is threefold or whether both these suppositions are true and in some wonderful way in which the simple and the multiple are one though God is infinite he is yet an end to himself and in himself so that the Trinity is an itself and is known to itself and suffices to itself the supreme Being one alone immutably in the vastness of its unity This is a mystery that none can explain and which of us would presume to assert that he can All in one I feel like repeating the same words that Bulgakov The White Guard put in the mouth of a soldier who claimed that one day God spoke directly to him about God s presence and of believers in his faith Well if they do not believe what can you do It s up to each one of them I do not care about this either As you do not care either And they don t care either As for your faith you ought to know that I have neither gain nor loss One believes another does not believe but your actions and deeds are all the same one two and you will sueeze your throats For me you are all the same soldiers fallen on the battlefield That s what you need to understand though it s not in everyone s power And then do not worry about stuff like that Walk healthy and enjoy life

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Rned with infancy and learning to talk schooldays sexual desire and adolescent rebellion intense friendships and intellectual exploration Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind Virgil and Cicero Neoplatonism and the Bible This volume which aims to be usable by stu. Day after day I postponed living in you but I never put off the death which I died each day in myself I longed for a life of happiness but I was frightened to approach it in its own domain and yet while I fled from it I still searched for it Reading Augustine of Hippo s Confessions is like plunging into a deep dark abyss and seeing a slither of light at the far side of the endless tunnel unaware of whether you reach it or not for Confessions is a proto existentialist work of a man attempting to achieve inner perfection in a world of material greed and spiritual emptiness Sound familiar Because these themes are universal and timeless in the eternal consciousness of manAugustine of Hippo is no stranger to this recurring trait of our species and in the first part of the poetic masterpiece he bears his fragile soul to all who dare to truly enlighten themselves This book was his attempt at addressing the painful sins of his aesthetically dangerous past and trying to rid of them through tortured prayers to God But the time had now come when I stood naked before my own eyes while my conscience upbraided me It is obvious right from the start that Augustine refuses to give the reader an easy going reading experience For a religious text it is heart wrenching at times and while offering a continually fresh perspective on Christianity and philosophy he retains a strong hold on the reader as he deconstructs his flawed nature for his suffering was also his redemption his enlightenment his forgiveness One feels his morally destructive pain in each emotional page for how can a man attempting to achieve inner perfection and a connection with God live with sorrowful reflections of sleeping with prostitutes even living with one He tears himself apart passionately describing a scene from his childhood when he stole some fruit not out of desperation but simply because it was wrong It is in my own mind then that I measure time I must not allow my mind to insist that time is something objective I must not let it thwart me because of all the different notions and impressions that are lodged in it These confessions continue well after his memoir In part two he confesses his theological and philosophical beliefs with extended theoretical examinations on the nature of man the mind the senses time Creation and its relation to God Augustine delves deep into the mind in an attempt to understand what gave Moses and Christ such inherently profound knowledge His dissections into the memory of the rational mind is examined extensively and upon reflection his agonizing search for the Truth still provides acute psychological penetration into the human soul over 1500 years on His experiments still explain some deep truths in the vast network of human thought Ironically however there was an everlastingly warm presence throughout the book for Augustine is not only talking to God he is also talking to us the reader Part memoir part philosophical and theological investigation into the nature of existence Augustine of Hippo s Confessions is an honest and beautiful work of non fiction where the unexplained might not be explained but the door is opened slightly to the Truth That sleep may wearied limbs restoreAnd fit for toil and use once Saint Ambrose

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Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century AD and during his first years as a bishop they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life Books I IV are conce. Are you there God It s me St Augustine

10 thoughts on “Confessiones

  1. says:

    I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a 300 page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint See how many saints who lived during the first millennium have written himself a memoir?I twice tried to read The Holy Bible once in English and once in Tagalog from cover to cover but failed I just got distracted by too many

  2. says:

    I am going to take my time with this book It'd be the first time I read this sort of thing just for the joy of it I'm just a bit familiar with St Augustine and while I know this can be a hard read due to my personal beliefs it is alwa

  3. says:

    Are you there God? It's me St Augustine

  4. says:

    This experience sufficiently illuminates the truth that free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion Augustine ConfessionsSublime and OriginalI can’t believe it has taken me so long to read Augustine’s Confessions I might not agree with some of his conclusions my Christian framework Mormon would be considered a heresy by Augustine but his influence on Christianity philosophy and the West can

  5. says:

    Chadwick's translation of August

  6. says:

    Day after day I postponed living in you but I never put off the death which I died each day in myself I longed for a life of happine

  7. says:

    I suspect most people today would not imagine that they have much in common with a Christian saint who lived over 1500 years ago Rem

  8. says:

    It was slow it was dense and it was militantly Christian So why is that The Confessions is such an unavoidably fascinating work? Augus

  9. says:

    Due to unknown and mysterious reasons each and every year chiefly on Labour day at my side always celebrated on 1st May and of course a day off I seem to fall under a moral paralysis while suffering a bit of nervous physical inability which converts me into the laziest person ever Fortunately this seems to last only one da

  10. says:

    I have read this book several times both as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and most recently as one of the monthly selections of a reading group in which I participate Like all classics it bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it But it also is unchanging in

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