Confessions

by Saint Augustine, R. Pine-Coffin

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  • 9780141916552

'Give me chastity and continence, but not yet'

The son of a pagan father and a Christian mother, Saint Augustine spent his early years torn between conflicting world-views. The Confessions, written when he was in his forties, recounts how, slowly and painfully, he came to turn away from his youthful ideas and licentious lifestyle to become one of Christianity's most influential thinkers. A remarkably honest spiritual autobiography, the Confessions also addresses fundamental issues of Christian doctrine, and many of the prayers and meditations it includes are still an integral part of the practice of the faith today.

Translated with an Introduction by R. S. PINE-COFFIN


  • Penguin Books Ltd; May 2003
  • ISBN: 9780141916552
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  • Title: Confessions
  • Author: Saint Augustine; R. Pine-Coffin (trans.)
  • Imprint: Penguin
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  • 9780140441147
  • 9780141916552

About The Author

St Augustine of Hippo, the great Doctor of the Latin Church, was born at Thagaste in North Africa, in A.D. 354. He was brought up as a Christian but he was soon converted to the Manichean religion. He also came under the influence of Neoplatonism. However, in 387 he renounced all his unorthodox beliefs and was baptised. His surviving works had a great influence on Christian theology and the psychology and political theology of the West.
R.S. Pine-Coffin is a Roman Catholic and was born in 1917.

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  • 9780140441147
  • 9780141916552