The Confessions of Saint Augustine

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  • BOOK 1. CHILDHOOD
    • 1. God and the Soul
    • 2. God Omnipresent
    • 3. God's Immensity
    • 4. Divine Attributes
    • 5. Augustine's Prayer
    • 6. The Infant Augustine
    • 7. The Psychology of Infancy
    • 8. The Growth of Speech
    • 9. Adult Cruelty and Folly
    • 10. The Attraction of Shows
    • 11. Baptism Deferred
    • 12. Good out of Evil
    • 13. Studies in Greek and Latin
    • 14. A Dislike for Greek
    • 15. A Prayer for God's Help
    • 16. The Influence of Immoral Literature
    • 17. A Twofold Prize
    • 18. Errors of Speech and Acts of Malice
    • 19. A Passion to Shine
    • 20. A Prayer of Thanks
  • BOOK 2. AUGUSTINE'S SIXTEENTH YEAR
    • 1. The Depths of Vice
    • 2. Love and Lust
    • 3. A Year of Idleness
    • 4. The Stolen Fruit
    • 5. Why Men Sin
    • 6. The Anatomy of Evil
    • 7. Grace That Keeps and Heals
    • 8. Comrades in Crime
    • 9. Evil Communications
    • 10. A Soul in Waste
  • BOOK 3. LATER YOUTH
    • 1. A Student at Carthage
    • 2. A Lover of Shows
    • 3. The Wreckers
    • 4. Cicero's Influence
    • 5. Introduction to Sacred Scripture
    • 6. The Manichees
    • 7. Problems and Answers
    • 8. The Natural and the Positive Laws
    • 9. God's Judgments and Ours
    • 10. The Superstition of the Manichees
    • 11. Monica's Dream
    • 12. A Bishop's Prophecy
  • BOOK 4. AUGUSTINE THE MANICHEAN
    • 1. The Teacher as Seducer
    • 2. A Sacrifice to Devils
    • 3. The Astrologers
    • 4. The Death of a Friend
    • 5. A Sweet Sorrow
    • 6. His Love for the Lost Friend
    • 7. Departure from Thagaste
    • 8. The Healing Powers of Time and Change
    • 9. A Higher Love
    • 10. A Changing Universe
    • 11. Whole and Part
    • 12. Life and Death
    • 13. First Authorship
    • 14. Problems of Reputation
    • 15. Pursuit of Truth
    • 16. False Conceptions of God
  • BOOK 5. AT ROME AND MILAN
    • 1. A Prayer
    • 2. The Rugged Ways
    • 3. Faustus the Manichean and the Astronomers
    • 4. Knowledge and Happiness
    • 5. The Character and Doctrine of Mani
    • 6. Faustus in Person
    • 7. Faustus as Teacher
    • 8. A Road to Rome
    • 9. Sickness at Rome
    • 10. False Philosophy and False Theology
    • 11. Scriptural Problems
    • 12. Dishonest Students at Rome
    • 13. A New Career at Milan
    • 14. The Influence of St. Ambrose's Preaching
  • BOOK 6. YEARS OF STRUGGLE
    • 1. The Widow's Son
    • 2. Outworn Customs
    • 3. The Example and Words of St. Ambrose
    • 4. Errors Refuted; Truth not yet Found
    • 5. The Authority of the Scriptures
    • 6. False Happiness and Empty Joys
    • 7. Alypius of Thagaste
    • 8. Alypius and the Gladiators
    • 9. Alypius and the Thief
    • 10. Alypius as a Public Official
    • 11. An Examination of Conscience
    • 12. A Discussion on Marriage
    • 13. Arrangements for Marriage
    • 14. Proposals for Community Life
    • 15. The Mother of Adeodatus
    • 16. In the Garden of Epicurus
  • BOOK 7. PROBLEMS OF THOUGHT AND BELIEF
    • 1. New Knowledge of God's True Nature
    • 2. A Refutation of the Manichees
    • 3. Free Will and the Problem of Evil
    • 4. God the Absolute Good
    • 5. God's Omnipotence and the Fact of Evil
    • 6. Astrologists and Horoscopes
    • 7. A Soul Still Tormented
    • 8. God's Healing Hand
    • 9. Sacred Scripture and Pagan Philosophy
    • 10. The Infinite Light
    • 11. Finite and Infinite
    • 12. Every Being Is Good
    • 13. Universal Good
    • 14. A Return to Idolatry
    • 15. The Temporal and the Eternal
    • 16. The Relative and the Absolute
    • 17. A Momentary Vision
    • 18. The Way of Humility
    • 19. The Divinity of Jesus Christ
    • 20. The Soul's True Country
    • 21. The Pilgrim Way
  • BOOK 8. THE GRACE OF FAITH
    • 1. Truth Seen but not Followed
    • 2. The Conversion of Victorinus
    • 3. The Law of Contrasts
    • 4. Mutual Joy
    • 5. The Inner Conflict
    • 6. The Story of Ponticianus
    • 7. The Naked Self
    • 8. In the Garden
    • 9. The Two Wills
    • 10. Man's Single Nature
    • 11. The Voice of Continence
    • 12. The Voice as of a Child
  • BOOK 9. THE NEW CATHOLIC
    • 1. A Soul Set Free
    • 2. End of a Worldly Career
    • 3. Conversion and Death of Verecundus and Nebridius
    • 4. At Cassiciacum
    • 5. Resignation of a Professorship
    • 6. Baptism, Easter 387
    • 7. Saints Gervase and Protase
    • 8. Monica's Youth
    • 9. Monica, Wife of Patricius
    • 10. The Vision at Ostia
    • 11. The Death of St. Monica
    • 12. Monica's Burial; Augustine's Grief
    • 13. Remembrance in Prayer
  • BOOK 10. A PHILOSOPHY OF MEMORY
    • 1. Joy and Hope
    • 2. The Soul Seen Plain
    • 3. The Ears of Men
    • 4. Help Men to Hear Me Aright
    • 5. God's Knowledge and Man's Ignorance
    • 6. The Life of Life
    • 7. The Power of Sensation
    • 8. The Fields of Memory
    • 9. A Higher Memory
    • 10. Learning as Remembrance
    • 11. Thought and Memory
    • 12. Mathematics and Memory
    • 13. Memory of Memories
    • 14. Problems of Memory
    • 15. Image and Reality
    • 16. The Problem of Forgetting
    • 17. Beyond Memory
    • 18. Lost Things Found Again
    • 19. The Forgotten Name
    • 20. What All Men Seek
    • 21. The Longed-for Life
    • 22. The Only Happiness
    • 23. Truth and Happiness
    • 24. God, Truth Itself
    • 25. Lord of Mind and Memory
    • 26. The First Petition
    • 27. The Everlasting Love
    • 28. Life Is a Warfare
    • 29. Command What You Will
    • 30. Persistence of Temptation
    • 31. Problems of Food and Drink
    • 32. Inner Doubt and Darkness
    • 33. Music as Means and End
    • 34. Custody of the Eyes
    • 35. Empty Curiosity and Frivolous Interests
    • 36. The Pride of Life
    • 37. Problems of Praise
    • 38. False Humility
    • 39. Presumption and Selfishness
    • 40. Light and Love
    • 41. Truth and the Lie
    • 42. A False Mediator
    • 43. The One Mediator
  • BOOK 11. TIME AND ETERNITY
    • 1. For Love of Love
    • 2. The Treasures of Scripture
    • 3. The Language of Truth
    • 4. Evidence of Creation
    • 5. Creator of All Things
    • 6. God's Voice
    • 7. The Word of God
    • 8. Christ Our Teacher
    • 9. Wisdom Itself
    • 10. A Skeptical Objection
    • 11. Past, Present, and Future
    • 12. A Frivolous Answer
    • 13. Before All Time
    • 14. What Is Time?
    • 15. Can Time Be Long or Short?
    • 16. Time and Measurement
    • 17. Prophecy and History
    • 18. Induction and Prediction
    • 19. A Prayer for Light
    • 20. Three Kinds of Time
    • 21. Measures of Time
    • 22. A New Task
    • 23. Bodily Motion as Time
    • 24. Measures of Movement
    • 25. The Deepening Problem
    • 26. The Definition of Time
    • 27. Where Time Is Measured
    • 28. The Mental Synthesis
    • 29. The One and the Many
    • 30. God Alone Is Eternal
    • 31. Unchanging Thought, Unchanging Act
  • BOOK 12. FORM AND MATTER
    • 1. A Creature of Needs
    • 2. The Two Heavens
    • 3. Matter and Form
    • 4. A Proper Name
    • 5. The Problem of Matter
    • 6. An Appeal to Reason
    • 7. Heights and Depths
    • 8. Darkness over the Deep
    • 9. The Highest Heaven
    • 10. The Fountain of Life
    • 11. The Soul a Pilgrim
    • 12. Things Immune to Time
    • 13. In a Glass, Darkly
    • 14. The Two-edged Sword
    • 15. Answers to Objectors
    • 16. The City of God
    • 17. Other Theories
    • 18. Interpretation of Scripture
    • 19. A Recapitulation
    • 20. Exegesis of Genesis 1:1
    • 21. Interpretations of Genesis 1:2
    • 22. Objections and Answers
    • 23. Meaning and Reality
    • 24. Truths Seen and Stated
    • 25. Reduction to First Principles
    • 26. Had I Been Moses
    • 27. Two Analogies
    • 28. Various Valid Interpretations
    • 29. Four Kinds of Priority
    • 30. A Test of Truth
    • 31. Levels of Truth
    • 32. What God Wants Us to Know
  • BOOK 13. THE CREATION OF THE WORLD
    • 1. Without You I Am Nothing
    • 2. The Source of Being and Value
    • 3. Let There Be Light
    • 4. Diffusive Good
    • 5. The Trinity
    • 6. The Spirit over the Waters
    • 7. Lift up Your Hearts
    • 8. Fall and Rise
    • 9. The Upward Steps
    • 10. The Happiness of Pure Spirits
    • 11. The Greatest Mystery
    • 12. The Body of Christ
    • 13. Thirst for the Living God
    • 14. Vessels of Honor
    • 15. A Firm Foundation
    • 16. Light and the Enlightened
    • 17. The Embittered and the Compassionate
    • 18. Signs and Times
    • 19. The Rich Young Man
    • 20. What the Sea Brings Forth
    • 21. The Living Soul
    • 22. In His Image
    • 23. Two Kinds of Dominion
    • 24. Increase and Multiply
    • 25. An Obligation Prefigured
    • 26. The Gift and the Fruit
    • 27. True Works of Mercy
    • 28. The Good and the Very Good
    • 29. Time and God's Vision
    • 30. Manichean Dualism
    • 31. Knowledge of the Good
    • 32. A Summation of Praise
    • 33. Praise and Love
    • 34. The Structure of the Church
    • 35. The Peace of God
    • 36. The Everlasting Sabbath
    • 37. Eternal Act, Eternal Rest
    • 38. The Only Gateway