By Bishop of Hippo Augustine Saint, W. Watts
Augustinus (354–430 CE), son of a pagan, Patricius of Tagaste in North Africa, and his Christian spouse Monica, whereas learning in Africa to turn into a rhetorician, plunged right into a turmoil of philosophical and mental doubts looking for fact, becoming a member of for a time the Manichaean society. He turned a instructor of grammar at Tagaste, and lived a lot lower than the impression of his mom and his pal Alypius. approximately 383 he went to Rome and shortly after to Milan as a instructor of rhetoric, being now attracted through the philosophy of the Sceptics and of the Neo-Platonists. His reviews of Paul's letters with Alypius and the preaching of Bishop Ambrose led in 386 to his rejection of all sensual conduct and to his well-known conversion from combined ideals to Christianity. He back to Tagaste and there based a spiritual neighborhood. In 395 or 396 he turned Bishop of Hippo, and was once henceforth engrossed with tasks, writing and controversy. He died at Hippo through the profitable siege through the Vandals. From Augustine's huge output the Loeb Classical Library bargains that fab autobiography the Confessions (in volumes); at the urban of God (seven volumes), which unfolds God's motion within the development of the world's background, and propounds the prevalence of Christian ideals over pagan in adversity; and a variety of Letters that are very important for the learn of ecclesiastical heritage and Augustine's kin with different theologians.
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Supererogatur et quis habet quicquam non tuum nulli debens, donans debita ? tibi, tibus de te, cum de numquam ut debeas, reddens debita nihil perdens. mea diximus, deus meus, vita mea, dulcedo aut quid dicit aliquis, mutas nee quod invenis et numquam te dicit quoniam loquaces muti ? et quid sancta, et vae tacen- sunt. AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS BOOK ST. I IV An What admirable description of God's Attributes is therefore Lord God who ? my God ? For who is What, I ask, but the CHAP Lord but the Lord ?
5 si AVGVSTINI COXFESSIOWM LIBER S. I y CAP. Quis mihi adquiescere dabit mihi, ut venias in cor liviscar te ? in me amari te iubeas a amem te ? non ei mihi domine deus meus, quid : ego sum. aures cordis mei ante animae meae : te, Angusta : mihi. sis domine animae die ut audiam. ; abscondere a noli : : refice earn, fateor et scio. credo, propter domine, tu scis. nonne me delicta mea, deus meus, et tu es 10 ; et non habet sed quis aut cui alteri praeter te clamabo } ? '' me animae meae, quo venias ad ruinosa est parce servo tuo mei ecce aperi eas et die ab occultis meis munda me, domine, et ab cordis est, moriar, ne moriar, ut earn videam.
For something have I heard of that too, and myself have seen women with child. What passed before that age, O God my delight ? Was I anywhere, or anyFor I have none to tell me thus much body ? neither could my father and mother, nor the experience of others, nor yet mine own memory. Dost thou laugh at me for enquiring these things, who commandest to praise and to confess to thee for what I know ? I confess unto thee, O Lord of heaven and earth, and I sing praises unto thee for my first being and infancy, whicli I have no memory of: and thou hast given leave to man, by others to conjecture of himself, and upon the credit of women to believe many things that concern himself.