Augustine's "Confessions": A Biography (Lives of Great by Garry Wills

By Garry Wills

In this short and incisive booklet, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the tale of the Confessions--what inspired Augustine to dictate it, the way it asks to be learn, and the numerous methods it's been misinterpret within the one-and-a-half millennia because it was once composed. Following Wills's biography of Augustine and his translation of the Confessions, this can be an remarkable creation to 1 of an important books within the Christian and Western traditions.

Understandably fascinated about the tale of Augustine's lifestyles, smooth readers have principally succumbed to the temptation to learn the Confessions as autobiography. yet, Wills argues, this can be a mistake. The e-book isn't autobiography yet particularly a protracted prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, now not guy. Augustine tells the tale of his existence no longer for its personal importance yet on the way to parent how, as a drama of sin and salvation resulting in God, it matches into sacred historical past. "We need to learn Augustine as we do Dante," Wills writes, "alert to wealthy layer upon layer of Scriptural and theological symbolism." Wills additionally addresses the lengthy afterlife of the booklet, from controversy in its personal time and relative forget throughout the heart a long time to a renewed prominence starting within the fourteenth century and persisting to this day, while the Confessions has develop into an item of curiosity not only for Christians but additionally historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics.

With unequalled readability and ability, Wills strips away the centuries of confusion that experience collected round Augustine's non secular classic.

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