Considered among the most important books ever written and one of the first autobiographical works in the modern sense, this timeless classic is the moving diary of Augustine’s journey from the earliest memories of childhood, through his turbulent and licentious youth, to his resolute conversion at age 32. Throughout, he passionately addresses spiritual questions that have engaged thoughtful minds since time began.
Other editions also available in the Book Nook.
Required FLBC textbook for History of Christianity I course, taught by Pr. Robert Lee, Professor of Historical and Practical Theology.
Required FLBC textbook for Church History I course, taught by Pr. Robert Lee, Professor of Historical and Practical Theology.
There is one person from the early years of Christian history with whom one is able to get acquainted. He is Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), a North African theologian whose works are considered by some to be the church’s most important writings after the Bible and a pillar of the faith for a millennium. His collected works in English today fill over fifty volumes, and among them is a very unique one, his “Confessions,” probably the first Christian autobiography ever written. In a collection of thirteen short books, arranged in the form of a series of prayers to God, he tells of his sinful youth and conversion to the faith, and the first includes the famous sentence: “For You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest in You.” There is the potential that “Augustine’s Confessions” could expand our concept of God and our prayers, so that reading it may be time well spent.
—Pr. Robert Lee