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Confessions

Saint Augustine

Augustine as depicted by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1480

Short Description

This work is regarded as the first great autobiography in history in which personal confessions and revelations are linked with the spirit of Christian piety and devotion. Confessions was designed to show the details of the soul’s progress, from the enjoyment of beauties outside itself to a study of its own nature and finally to joy in the knowledge of God.

Remnant Trust Description

Rubricated. The first great autobiography in history in which personal confessions and revelations are linked with the spirit of Christian piety and devotion. Confessions was designed to show the details of the soul’s progress, from the enjoyment of beauties outside itself to a study of its own nature and finally to joy in the knowledge of God. Augustine describes his devoutly Christian mother, Monica, his life with the concubine who gave him his son, Adeodatus, his exploration of Manichaenism and neo-Platonism, and his conversion to Christianity. He maintained the importance of a single, unified church and developed a theory of sin, grace, and predestination that not only became basic to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, but later was also used as the justification for the tenets of Calvin, Luther, and the Jansenists.