Saint Augustine's "Confessions" in a Historical Context
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The paper explores the ideas and presentation of Books 2 and 3 of the "Confessions" within their biographical and historical context. The paper argues, with reference to scholarly works, that Augustine's autobiography presents his youth in a much more negative light than historical studies find justified. The paper explains that this undermines the apparent purpose of the Confessions as a prayer to God and suggests that it was actually intended as a moral lesson and stimulant to conversion rather than an accurate autobiographical text.
From the Paper:"For the student of church history, a close reading of Books 2 and 3 of Saint Augustine's Confessions presents a complex series of challenges in understanding the author and his purpose. If this close reading is performed with reference to historical scholarly analysis of Augustine's text, a wide range of issues open up with regard to significant issues that would, upon initial review, not appeared important at all. This essay will explore the ideas and presentation of Books 2 and 3 of the..."
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