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

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Saint Augustine was born on November 13, AD 354, in Tagaste (modern-day Souk Ahras, Algeria), and died almost 76 years later in Hippo Regius (modern-day Annaba) on the Mediterranean coast 60 miles away. In the years between, he devoted himself to the mastery of the texts of scripture, and becoming a formidable theologian. He was the author of On the Beautiful and the Fitting, On Christian Doctrine, Confession, The City of God, On the Trinity, and many more.  View titles by Augustine of Hippo

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

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Saint Augustine was born on November 13, AD 354, in Tagaste (modern-day Souk Ahras, Algeria), and died almost 76 years later in Hippo Regius (modern-day Annaba) on the Mediterranean coast 60 miles away. In the years between, he devoted himself to the mastery of the texts of scripture, and becoming a formidable theologian. He was the author of On the Beautiful and the Fitting, On Christian Doctrine, Confession, The City of God, On the Trinity, and many more.  View titles by Augustine of Hippo

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