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Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
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Jun 28, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

The translation is not bad, but definitely has a Roman Catholic spin to it. I am sure a protestant would translate a few passages a little bit differently. By no means am I saying this is an inaccurate translation (I am unable to judge that). I just happen to remember the word penitence in the book which a protestant would not put down. As far the Confessions themselves go, it is quite an amazing read all the way through book 9. After that Augustine makes a switch from autobiography to philosophical theology. It is difficult to understand what the last part of the book has to do with the first part. While, I do think the last part of the book has some brilliant things in their it can be difficult to follow, and come as a nasty shock right after reading about the death of Augustine's mother. But let me tell what you will get out of reading this book. You will learn
1. What life was like in the late Roman period
2. Augustine's personal life story
3. Some of Augustines theology/ and philosophy
4. You will read the first autobiography

This is a worthy book to read, and would have received a perfect 5 stars if it did not have the last 3 chapters in it that have so little to do with the rest of the book.

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