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Confessions of Saint Augustine MP3CD

By Saint Augustine of Hippo (Author) & Simon Vance (Read by)
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Saint Augustine's contributions to Christian theology are second to no other post-apostolic author in the whole sweep of church history. Yet along side his doctrinal treatises, Augustine tells a story of his life devoted to Christ as his only satisfaction. The Confessions is at once the autobiographical account of Augustine's life of Christian faith and at the same time a compelling theology of Christian spirituality for everyone. Among the most important classics in Western literature, it continues to engage modern readers through Augustine's timeless illustrations and beautiful prose. Augustine's Confessions is a book to relish the first time through and then profoundly enjoy over a lifetime of revisiting.

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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 765.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.58" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.23 lbs.
Binding  MP3 CD
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Hovel Audio
Edition  Unabridged  
ISBN  159644360X  
ISBN13  9781596443600  

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More About Saint Augustine of Hippo & Simon Vance

Saint Augustine of Hippo Augustine was born in AD 354. He lived a wild, self-destructive life as a young man in Italy and was the subject of many prayers by his worried mother, Monica. After a life-changing conversion, he lived on to become a tremendous influence on Christian thinking. He died in AD 430.

Aurelius Augustinus [more commonly “St. Augustine of Hippo,” often simply “Augustine”] (354–430 C.E.): rhetor, Christian Neoplatonist, North African Bishop, Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church. One of the decisive developments in the western philosophical tradition was the eventually widespread merging of the Greek philosophical tradition and the Judeo-Christian religious and scriptural traditions. Augustine is one of the main figures through and by whom this merging was accomplished. He is, as well, one of the towering figures of medieval philosophy whose authority and thought came to exert a pervasive and enduring influence well into the modern period (e.g. Descartes and especially Malebranche), and even up to the present day, especially among those sympathetic to the religious tradition which he helped to shape (e.g. Plantinga 1992; Adams 1999). But even for those who do not share this sympathy, there is much in Augustine's thought that is worthy of serious philosophical attention. Augustine is not only one of the major sources whereby classical philosophy in general and Neoplatonism in particular enter into the mainstream of early and subsequent medieval philosophy, but there are significant contributions of his own that emerge from his modification of that Greco-Roman inheritance, e.g., his subtle accounts of belief and authority, his account of knowledge and illumination, his emphasis upon the importance and centrality of the will, and his focus upon a new way of conceptualizing the phenomena of human history, just to cite a few of the more conspicuous examples.

Saint Augustine of Hippo was born in 354 and died in 430.

Saint Augustine of Hippo has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ancient Christian Writers
  2. Augustine (New City Press)
  3. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  4. Expositions of the Psalms
  5. Faith Classics
  6. Ignatius Critical Editions
  7. Oxford Early Christian Studies (Hardcover)
  8. Paraclete Essential Deluxe
  9. Paraclete Living Library
  10. Pure Gold Classics
  11. Selections from the Fathers of the Church
  12. Sermons
  13. Teaching Christianity
  14. Texts and Translations
  15. Works of Saint Augustine
  16. Works of Saint Augustine (Hardcover Unnumbered)
  17. Works of Saint Augustine (Numbered)
  18. Works of Saint Augustine (Paperback Unnumbered)
  19. Works of Saint Augustine, a Translation for the 21st Century
  20. Works of Saint Augustine. Part III, Homilies
  21. Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century

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Beautifully Read  Nov 6, 2008

I have never read the Confessions of St. Agustine. In fact, I found it very difficult to follow both in English and in Spanish the two times I did actually try to read the book.

Since Agustine can easily be considered one of the greatest thinkers in all of Christianity and foundational for Western civilization, I think it to be important to have some understanding of this man.

This CD version of the book made this man come alive to me. It wasn't just hearing how God dealt with an individual person bringing them from darkness to the light of the Gospel that impressed me, but that did impress me greatly. The details of everyday life from that time period I also found fascinating.

So, if you have wanted to read Agustine's spiritual autobiography, but have had trouble understanding it, I highly recommend this audio version. It is beautifully read.
Excellent for Long Commuters!  Jun 27, 2008
I enjoyed this unabridge audio book. It's one thing to read the book, its another experience to listen to it!
Great reader  Feb 25, 2008
Obviously, the Confessions of St. Augustine themselves need no review. However, potential buyers need to know that the reader for this particular recording is absolutely fantastic. I took the time to listen to other recordings before I decided which to buy, and this one is absolutely the best one. It is a pleasure to listen to!
A Voice From Ancient Times  Nov 22, 2007
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This book is one that should be on every educated person's bookshelf. For a book written by a Christian in the fourth century, I was surprised at some of the details. For example, Augustine accepts autopsies as a matter of medical necessity. More well-known is his opposition to astrology.

Augustine also had surprisingly enlightened views about dress and appearance. Any race or ethnicity can enter the City of God (an argument made in "The City of God").

Augustine says that as a teenager, he and his friends stole some pears and threw them away. Have things really changed? Teenagers up to mischief!

In the "City of God," Augustine also marveled at the human mind.

"In general, the completeness of scientific knowledge is beyond all words and becomes all the more astonishing when one pursues any single aspect of this immense corpus of information. Last, but not least, is the brilliance of talent displayed by both pagan philosophers and Christian heretics in the defense of error and falsehood. In saying this, of course, I am thinking only of the nature of the human mind as a glory of this mortal life, not of faith and the way of truth that leads to eternal life."

Here are some more great lines. A philosopher was abroad a ship captained by a bad man, and after a violent storm, the fearless captain jeered the philosopher for his terror. Said the philosopher, quoting from a similar incident that occurred to the pagan Aristippus, `A rogue need not worry about losing his worthless life, but Aristippus has a duty to care for a life like his."

Finally, St. Augustine spoke to the modern world and to the "Creationists."

"It very often happens there is some question as to the earth or sky, or other elements of this world...respecting which, one who is not a Christian has knowledge...and it is very disgraceful and mischievous and of all things to be carefully avoided, that a Christian speaking of such matters as being according to the Christian Scriptures, should be heard by an unbeliever talking such nonsense that the unbeliever perceiving him to be as wide from the mark as east from west, can hardly restrain himself from laughing."

A Must Have Book!  Dec 20, 2005
St. Augustine's effect on the Christian religion can not be understated. This timeless work should be read by all religious and spiritual persons regardless of their path of preference if only to just understand where so many of Christianity concepts and dogma originate.

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