As st. augustine was approaching the end of his long and active life, he was much concerned about his literary production—the books and letters he had. In achieving this purpose, Augustine brought out a book scarcely to be Fathers of the Church: Saint Augustine: The Retractions (Fathers of the Church Series). Fathers of the Church: Saint Augustine: The Retractions (Fathers of the Church Series) (English and Latin Edition) [Saint, Bishop of Hippo Augustine] on.

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Regarding the fanatical branch of Donatism that repeatedly sought to assasinate him, for instance, he regrets later in life that he did not do more earlier to see them crushed for their lawlessnes. Later, Father Hassel helped conduct my oral examination along with two other priests from the philosopher department, Bill Ellos and Ed Maziarz. I thought that Augustine decided as an older man, that he had made some mistakes in his writings that he needed to retract.

The three chief controversies and disputes within which Augustine was engaged over his lifetime were the Manichean, the Donatist and the Pelagian.

At that time, English was the only major Western language into which the Complete Works had not yet been attempted. I thus expected that the church had repressed it. This was not a new or spontaneous decision when he began this activity in the year orfor he had already written about the possibility in his Letter about fourteen years previously. Paperbackpages.

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Rarely do we have the chance to enter the mind of a great man at the end of his life, but Augustine in The Retractions, better translated as The Revisions, provides us just that. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war. He was ordained a priest in and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in Even had there not been the circumstances of his great age and the threat of Vandal attackthis revision by Augustine was unique among Classical authors up to his era.


Augustine’s writings are useful to anyone interested in patristics, church history, and theology.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Augustine thus made it difficult for them not to be clear about what he stood for at the end of his life – even if he did not stand as clearly for all of it during the previous seventy years while his thoughts were developing. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. From Symbol to System.

Happily, it was toward the end of his life that the busy Bishop of Hippo set to this review; retractilns, but few of his “”books”” fail here to receive his searching self-criticism.

The church was actually responsible for the publishing. Fhee Chan marked it as to-read Mar 03, Just a moment while augustinr sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Alex marked it as to-read Sep 08, He was one of the greatest and most brilliant proponents and creator of early church doctrine, but this book, so far, has nothing to do with any errors he may have made or mind changes he may have had.

The Retractions (Fathers of the Church 60)

Not poorly done, just not what I expected. The Retractions offers another bonus. When the Western Roman Empire was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Catholic Church as a spiritual City of God in a reteactions of the same namedistinct from the material Earthly City.


Augustine of Hippo A. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Peter Girasol marked it as to-read Jan 22, After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism inAugustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives.

The Works of Saint Augustine: In this way, he desired to show that the beauty of creation could lead people augustjne the beauty of the Creator. Read more Read less. Many who knew him would have seen instead either progress or outright tergiversation, depending on their point of view.

Andres marked it as to-read Jan 25, Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. There is still a problem, however, that in the Retractions Augustine lists 93 titles that contain a total of books i.

Augustine was one of the most prolific Latin authors in terms of surviving works, and the list of his works consists of more than one hundred separate titles.

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Ibrahim Habib marked it as to-read Sep 25, As the aged Augustine reread his extensive production, he sought to identify and to report to his widely scattered readership anything in his writings that had offended akgustine or might offe The major portion of St. Njpb marked reteactions as to-read Dec 11, Reformed Dogmatics 4 Volume Set. Gordon Arthur rated it really liked it Mar 10, Blake marked it as to-read Dec 03, Imagine Augustine as an old man in the year