Study Guide for The Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo

People go abroad to admire the heights of the mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the circuits if the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought. Great are you Lord and exceedingly worthy of praise. Your power is immense and your wisdom is beyond reckoning! So begins St Augustine’s Confessions The Confessions are an examination of its author’s heart. They are address to an all powerful God who is seen as the Creator and the source of life The Confessions are often taught in university philosophy courses and yet Augustine praises God as as being above all human thought. Augustine’s road to Christianity was a pretty rocky one but there are several events that mark the path to his final destination as the Bishop of Hippo. The first is Saint Monica. Augustine is Saint Monica’s son. St Monica was a very devout Catholic the entire time that she was raising Augustine and she very much wanted to share her religion with him. But Augustine was a wild child. Saint Monica tries to talk to her son, but Augustine wasn’t having any of it. Saint Monica is the patron saint of mothers and anyone who’s ever had to patiently love someone as difficult as young Saint Augustine

29 Replies to “Study Guide for The Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo

  1. Sounds interesting! I'm curious to read theology, which I pretty much have never done except for one book by Pope Benedict.(but then I'm curious to read everything.)

    So many books, so little time…

  2. Augustine IS a great genius….BUT….HIS explanation of Evil works fabulously in a classroom discussion …..but….is lacking oomph in the clutches of horrible events that have nothing to do with whether or not people are good or bad….

  3. Great info and clear explanation on divided will, may I ask if St.Augustine expound what is the actual sin of Adam & Eve in his writings…i've read something like sin's on procreation…would you mind shading light on this..appreciate it…thanks.Godbless!

  4. At 3:23 His mind is blown! I'm thinking something else that can be "blown". But Heyyyy It's the Confessions, It put me in the mood to confess. Glad to get that off my heart! Ahhh, It says "open me" in the statement page. Well…Alright I'm game.

  5. great summary. I am studying political ideas and am amazed at the knowledge and philosophy of antiquity.

  6. Augustine views on sex are rubbish,just like Jerome,Peter Lombard,Aquinas and other Church men. Augustine views are typical of fanatic religious neurosis and had a very harmful influence for the last 1600 years of history. All the garbage about fall from paradise because of sex,original sin and sex,sexual pleasure even within marriage being sinful,one big pile of rubbish created from his mind and neurosis.

  7. ✠ AVE MARIA ✠ Regina apostolòrum ❤️️
    For those who are interested (ENGLISH edition)

    DIVINE MERCY IN MY SOUL :: Saint M. Faustina Kowalska

    STORY OF A SOUL :: by St. Thérèse of Lisieux


    PHILOTEA Introduction to the Devout Life (St. Francis de Sales)
    THE INTERIOR CASTLE :: by St. Thérèse of Avila

    THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST :: Anna Catherine Emmerich

    THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE :: Sr Josefa Menendez

    SERMONS OF THE CURE OF ARS :: John Baptist Vianney (CURÉ D'ARS)

    IMITATION OF CHRIST :: by Thomas à Kempis

    THE LOVE OF ETERNAL WISDOM :: St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort


    ✠ AVE MARIA ✠

  8. Well done review, Saint Augustine is 1 of the Doctors' of the church. Try his other book "The City of God" or even the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas as well as his Bio. Just as Saint Augustine was converting he had a vision n heard a voice that said "Take up and read, take up and read" 😉 God Bless ⛪

  9. " Oh Lord, grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.". As a Catholic, this has always been my favorite quote. Ironically, I was born an hour away from Thagaste where Saint Augustine was born.

  10. I have just begun the second book. If it doesn't bring tears to your eyes, then you probably don't understand it.

  11. I know that Augustine introduced neoplatonism thinking to Christianity, but What is the difference between Platonism and Neoplatonism?

  12. Brittany, I so enjoyed your summary, it wasn't too long but it was jam-packed with information great job, keep up the good work I look forward to more. I think you have some help from above, God is so good isn't he?

  13. Isaiah 45:7 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. This answered every theological question I ever had about the bible back when I was a christian. 😊❤

  14. i had to read this for my western civ 1 class
    i forgot to read this
    watching this right before class since we have an in-class paper about this today XD

  15. "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell." (Prov. 9:17-18) 

    "Near our vineyard there was a pear tree, loaded with fruit, though the fruit was not particularly attractive either in color or in taste. I, and some other wretched youths, conceived the idea of shaking the pears off this tree and carrying them away. We set out late that night (having, as we usually did in our depraved way, gone on playing in the streets till that hour) and stole all the fruit that we could carry. And this was not to feed ourselves; we may have tasted a few. But, we threw the rest to the pigs. I had no wish to enjoy what I tried to get by theft; all my enjoyment was in the theft itself and in sin. Our real pleasure was in doing something that was not allowed." (From The Confessions of St. Augustine, p. 45) 

    Man, through his depravity, enjoys the pleasures of sin. Let us remember that the pleasures of sin are only passing and temporary at best. Though "stolen water is sweet," it leads down the path to hell.

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