The Confessions, by Saint Augustine

In the Confessions, by Saint Augustine, Augustine addressed himself articulately and passionately to the persistent questions that stirred the minds and hearts of men since time began. The Confessions tells a story in the form of a long conversion with God. Through this conversion to Catholic Christianity, Augustine encounters many aspects of love. These forms … Read more

Augustine’s Dialogue With Adeodatus

“Augustine starts the next part of his dialogue with Adeodatus in discussing signs that “do not signify other signs but instead things” (The teacher 8.22.25). Augustine first asks Adeodatus “whether man is man” (The teacher 8.22.64). Adeodatus responds that man is in fact man. Augustine then asks if the syllable “ho-“ means anything but “ho-“ … Read more

Aurelius Augustine

The largest Christian thinker of the patristic period and the most prominent of the “fathers of the church” was Aurelius Augustine (354-430). “You created us for yourself, and our heart will be restless until it rests in you.” This sentence begins “Confessions”, in thirty books of which he, in the form of a prayer, talks … Read more