Contents – Book VIII

Contents – Book VIII Book VIII Chapter I He, now given to divine things, and yet entangled by the lusts of love, consults simplicanus in...

Chapter I – He, Now Given To Divine Things, And Yet Entangled By The Lusts Of Love, Consults Simplicanus In Reference To The Renewing Of His Mind.

BOOK EIGHT Conversion to Christ. Augustine is deeply impressed by Simplicianus’ story of the conversion to Christ of the famous orator and philosopher, Marius Victorinus....

Chapter II – The Pious Old Man Rejoices That He Read Plato And The Scriptures, And Tells Him Of The Rhetorician Victorinus Having Been Converted To The Faith Through The Reading Of The Sacred Books

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER II 3. I went, therefore, to Simplicianus, the spiritual father of Ambrose (then a bishop), whom Ambrose truly loved as a father....

Chapter III – That God And The Angels Rejoice More On The Return Of One Sinner Than Of Many Just Persons.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER III 6. O good God, what happens in a man to make him rejoice more at the salvation of a soul that...

Chapter IV – He Shows By The Example Of Victorinus That There Is More Joy In The Conversion Of Nobles.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER IV 9. Go on, O Lord, and act: stir us up and call us back; inflame us and draw us to thee;...

Chapter V – Of The Causes Which Alienate Us From God.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER V 10. Now when this man of thine, Simplicianus, told me the story of Victorinus, I was eager to imitate him. Indeed,...

Chapter VI – Pontitainus’ Account Of Antony, The Founder Of Monachism, And Of Some Who Imitated Him.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER VI 13. And now I will tell and confess unto thy name, O Lord, my helper and my redeemer, how thou didst...

Chapter VII – He Deplores His Wretchedness, That Having Been Born Thirty-Two Years, He Had Not Yet Found Out The Truth.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER VII 16. Such was the story Ponticianus told. But while he was speaking, thou, O Lord, turned me toward myself, taking me...

Chapter VIII – The Conversation With Alypius Being Ended, He Retires To The Garden Whether His Friend Follows Him.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER VIII 19. Then, as this vehement quarrel, which I waged with my soul in the chamber of my heart, was raging inside...

Chapter IX – That The Mind Commandeth The Mind, But It Willeth Not Entirely.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER IX 21. How can there be such a strange anomaly? And why is it? Let thy mercy shine on me, that I...

Chapter X – He Refutes The Opinion Of The Manichaeans As To Two Kinds Of Minds, – One Good And The Other Evil.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER X 22. Let them perish from thy presence, O God, as vain talkers, and deceivers of the soul perish, who, when they...

Chapter XI – In What Manner The Spirit Struggled With The Flesh, That It Might Be Freed From The Bondage Of Vanity.

BOOK EIGHT CHAPTER XI 25. Thus I was sick and tormented, reproaching myself more bitterly than ever, rolling and writhing in my chain till it...