Confessions by Saint Augustine, Henry Chadwick

By Saint Augustine, Henry Chadwick

The son of a pagan father and a Christian mom, Saint Augustine spent his early years torn among conflicting faiths and international perspectives. His Confessions, written while he used to be in his forties, recount how, slowly and painfully, he got here to show clear of his younger rules and licentious way of life, to develop into as a substitute a staunch suggest of Christianity and one in every of its so much influential thinkers. A remarkably sincere and revealing non secular autobiography, the Confessions also deal with basic problems with Christian doctrine, and plenty of of the prayers and meditations it comprises are nonetheless a vital part of the perform of Christianity today.

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Even if they were broken to pieces, you would not flow out of them and away. And when you pour yourself out over us, you are not drawn down to us but draw us up to yourself: you are not scattered away, but you gather us together. You fill all things, but do you fill them with your whole self? Or is it that the whole of creation is too small to hold you and therefore holds only a part of you? And is this same part of you present in all things at once, or do different things contain different parts of you, greater or smaller according to their size?

Watts was followed by Abraham Woodhead, the Catholic writer, who published a translation of the first ten books in 1660. An anonymous version, now recognized as the work of Bishop Challoner, appeared in 1739; this also contained only Books I–X. Next came E. B. Pusey's revision of Watts, published in 1838, which became the standard translation. Entirely new versions were produced in 1878 by W. H. Hutchings (Books I–X) and in 1897 by C. Bigg (Books I–IX), and in the last quarter of a century, to my knowledge, there have been at least five new translations, some of them published in the United States and not easily available in this country.

Bigg (Books I–IX), and in the last quarter of a century, to my knowledge, there have been at least five new translations, some of them published in the United States and not easily available in this country. Translators in other languages have also produced their quota. These facts alone are ample evidence of the continued and widespread interest in Saint Augustine, for few books have been translated so often into so many languages. In preparing this translation I decided at the outset to use ‘you’ rather than ‘thou’.

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