By Garry Wills
In this short and incisive booklet, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the tale of the Confessions--what influenced Augustine to dictate it, the way it asks to be learn, and the numerous methods it's been misinterpret within the one-and-a-half millennia because it was once composed. Following Wills's biography of Augustine and his translation of the Confessions, this is often an exceptional creation to 1 of an important books within the Christian and Western traditions.
Understandably occupied with the tale of Augustine's lifestyles, glossy readers have mostly succumbed to the temptation to learn the Confessions as autobiography. yet, Wills argues, this can be a mistake. The e-book isn't autobiography yet quite an extended prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, no longer guy. Augustine tells the tale of his lifestyles no longer for its personal value yet so that it will determine how, as a drama of sin and salvation resulting in God, it matches into sacred historical past. "We need to learn Augustine as we do Dante," Wills writes, "alert to wealthy layer upon layer of Scriptural and theological symbolism." Wills additionally addresses the lengthy afterlife of the ebook, from controversy in its personal time and relative overlook through the heart a while to a renewed prominence starting within the fourteenth century and persisting to at the present time, whilst the Confessions has turn into an item of curiosity not only for Christians but in addition historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics.
With unrivaled readability and ability, Wills strips away the centuries of confusion that experience gathered round Augustine's religious classic.