By Garry Wills
In this short and incisive e-book, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the tale of the Confessions--what stimulated Augustine to dictate it, the way it asks to be learn, and the various 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 is often an extraordinary advent to 1 of an important books within the Christian and Western traditions.
Understandably excited about the tale of Augustine's existence, sleek readers have principally succumbed to the temptation to learn the Confessions as autobiography. yet, Wills argues, this can be a mistake. The publication isn't really 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 for you to parent how, as a drama of sin and salvation resulting in God, it suits into sacred heritage. "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 overlook through the center a while to a renewed prominence starting within the fourteenth century and persisting to this present day, whilst the Confessions has turn into an item of curiosity not only for Christians but additionally historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics.
With unrivaled readability and ability, Wills strips away the centuries of confusion that experience gathered round Augustine's religious classic.
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