St Augustine Confessions – Summary

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The Confessions of St. Augustine and the soul conversion

By telling the history of the errors when his youth and his conversion, St. Augustine has described that a soul away from God by the fury of the passions. This story is for Christians of all ages, the idea came from the charity, not for pride or the need for apology. The confessions of Augustine are useless to themselves, but they do not may be to the souls who, overwhelmed the weight of their sins, are tempted to despair. He wants to inspire the love of the goodness of God, make them taste the ineffable sweetness of His grace: even the righteous have fun learning the sins of sinners, not by malice, but because they are happy with the conversion and repentance. This is the substance and spirit of the Confessions of St. Augustine. Also, the anecdotes and details that concern only the curiosity and fun they occupy little space in his book. If he says he was in his childhood, lazy and greedy as it is often at this age, that love of the game and fables gave continual distractions, and he prayed God to rationing preserve the whip is to teach us or remind us that children conceived in sin, is prone to sin as far as the breast of the nurse, she needs the grace before the first light of reason . Fault of the child succeed those of the young man, and these paintings and eloquent Christian aberrations of youth who are primarily the reputation of the Confessions of St. Augustine to those who have not read.

St Augustine’s Maturity

In the maturity of life and peace of conscience cleansed, Augustine weeps the errors of an impetuous age, he acknowledges the mistakes with a touching repentance, a franchise always full of chastity and modesty, which does not affect the discretion of the honest man, or, rather, the Christian penitent of all names that could be involved in errors, it tells us that his son Godsend. Finally, in the pathetic story of these false pleasures, “the seeds of bitterness that tired to be able to do more”, he continues to be traced back to God for the grace of his conversion. Why does he accuses of enthusiasm and pride he wore in the fun? Is to put before our eyes the abyss of human corruption, and where we need to shout incessantly to God to be removed. As St. Augustine’s Confessions are they rather the book of man and mankind as the personal story of a man. We meet sometimes developed, sometimes touched, all the major philosophical and practical questions of life. Brilliant student and master in the art so popular yet speaking, Augustine considers the studies of his youth with a severity that Christian will be found in Bossuet. It condemns the vanity of human knowledge, the danger of the books of poets and pagan put this education every vice under the patronage of the gods. Converted first to the philosophy of Cicero by a treaty (the Hortensius, auj. Lost), no later than the Christian religion by divine inspiration, it invites Christians to seek the firm hope, the knowledge of God, the only way to make us happy. It is pathetic and sublime in the outpouring of his love for the truth, as Fenelon in the Treaty of the existence of God.

The Confessions are a wonderful story of the human weakness redeemed by repentance and God’s love.


Cite this article as: Tim, "St Augustine Confessions – Summary, April 25, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 25, 2012,

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