Albert Cook Outler's Augustine: Confessions and Enchiridion PDF

By Albert Cook Outler

ISBN-10: 0664230806

ISBN-13: 9780664230807

This quantity within the Library of Christian Classics bargains translations of Augustine's Confessions and Enchiridion.

Long famous for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics presents students and scholars with smooth English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in heritage. via those works--each written ahead of the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to have interaction the tips that experience formed Christian theology and the church throughout the centuries.

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And, drawing me more closely to the very center of that city, my invisible enemy trod me down and seduced me, for I was easy to seduce. My mother had already fled out of the midst of Babylon11 and was progressing, albeit slowly, toward its outskirts. For in counseling me to chastity, she did not bear in mind what her husband had told her about me. And although she knew that my passions were destructive even then and dangerous for the future, she did not think they should be restrained by the bonds of conjugal affection—if, indeed, they could not be cut away to the quick.

When he was worsted in some small controversy with a fellow teacher, he was more tormented by anger and envy than I was when beaten by a playmate in the ball game. CHAPTER X 16. And yet I sinned, O Lord my God, thou ruler and creator of all natural things—but of sins only the ruler—I sinned, O Lord my God, in acting against the precepts of my parents and of those teachers. For this learning which they wished me to acquire—no matter what their motives were—I might have put to good account afterward.

116:12. CONFESSIONS: BOOK TWO 59 have done it—I still recall how I felt about this then—I could not have done it alone. I loved it then because of the companionship of my accomplices with whom I did it. I did not, therefore, love the theft alone—yet, indeed, it was only the theft that I loved, for the companionship was nothing. What is this paradox? Who is it that can explain it to me but God, who illumines my heart and searches out the dark corners thereof? What is it that has prompted my mind to inquire about it, to discuss and to reflect upon all this?

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