He Proclaims the Greatness of God, Whom He Desires to
Seek and Invoke, Being Awakened by Him.
That the God Whom We Invoke is in Us, and We in Him.
Everywhere God Wholly Filleth All Things, But Neither
Heaven nor Earth Containeth Him.
The Majesty of God is Supreme, and His Virtues Inexplicable
He Seeks Rest in God, and Pardon of His Sins.
He Describes His Infancy, and Lauds the Protection and
Eternal Providence of God.
He Shows by Example That Even Infancy is Prone to Sin.
That When a Boy he Learned to Speak, not by any set Method,
but From the Acts and Words of His Parents.
Concerning the Hatred of Learning, the Love of Play, and
the Fear of Being Whipped Noticeable in Boys: and of the
Folly of our Elders and Masters.
Through a Love of Ball-Playing and Shows, He Neglects
His Studies and the Injunctions of His Parents
Siezed by Disease, His Mother Being Troubled, He Earnestly
Demands Baptism, Which on Recovery is Postponed—His
Father not as yet Believing in Christ.
Being Compelled, He Gave His Attention to Learning; But
Fully Acknowledges That This was the Work of God.
He Delighted in Latin Studies and the Empty Fables of
the Poets, but Hated the Elementss of Literature and the
Why he Despised Greek Literature, and Easily Learned Latin.
He Entreats God, that Whatever Useful Things he Learned
as a Boy May be Dedicated to Him.
He Disapproves of the Mode of Educating Youth, and he
Points out why Wickedness is Attributed to the Gods by
He Continues on the Unhappy Method of Training Youth in
Men Desire to Observe the Rules of Learning, but Neglect
the Eternal Rules of Everlasting Safety.