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Article Title

Confessions

Subjects

Augustine (Saint -- Bishop of Hippo) -- Confessiones (Augustinus), Christian life, Spiritual life

Abstract

Augustine of Hippo was a man who wanted two inharmonious states. He wanted to have the security of an absolute and sustaining faith in God, a faith that would have proscribed and clear definitions of what he should believe. At the same time, he was quite unable to control the roaming of his restless, seeking mind. Written 10 years after his conversion, the Confessions is both an exploration of his changed thinking since his conversion and a message from the Bishop of Hippo to his congregants. It is his attempt to reconcile his need for faith with his consuming doubts that makes the Confessions an intensely personal and intimate portrait of the man, Augustine. This paper traces the underlying concepts of security in God and Augustine’s seeking mind through an exploration of the Confessions.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/13128

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