Contents – Book V

Contents – Book V  Book V Chapter I That It Becomes the Soul to Praise God, and to Confess Unto Him. Chapter II On the...

Chapter I – That It Becomes The Soul To Praise God, And To Confess Unto Him.

BOOK FIVE A year of decision. Faustus comes to Carthage and Augustine is disenchanted in his hope for solid demonstration of the truth of Manichean...

Chapter II – On The Vanity Of Those Who Wished To Escape The Omnipotent God.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER II 2. Let the restless and the unrighteous depart, and flee away from thee. Even so, thou seest them and thy eye...

Chapter IV – That The Knowledge Of Terrestrial And Celestial Things Does Not Give Happiness, But The Knowledge Of God Only.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER IV 7. Yet, O Lord God of Truth, is any man pleasing to thee because he knows these things? No, for surely...

Chapter V – Of Manichaeus Pertinaciously Teaching False Doctrines, And Proudly Arrogating To Himself The Holy Spirit.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER V 8. And who ordered this Mani to write about these things, knowledge of which is not necessary to piety? For thou...

Chapter VI – Faustus Was Indeed An Elegant Speaker, But Knew Nothing Of The Liberal Sciences.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER VI 10. For almost the whole of the nine years that I listened with unsettled mind to the Manichean teaching I had...

Chapter VII – Clearly Seeing The Fallacies Of The Manichaeans, He Retires From Them, Being Remarkably Aided By God.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER VII 12. For as soon as it became plain to me that Faustus was ignorant in those arts in which I had...

Chapter VIII – He Sets Out For Rome, His Mother In Vain Lamenting It.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER VIII 14. Thou didst so deal with me, therefore, that I was persuaded to go to Rome and teach there what I...

Chapter IX – Being Attacked By Fever, He Is In Great Danger

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER IX 16. And lo, I was received in Rome by the scourge of bodily sickness; and I was very near to falling...

Chapter X – When He Had Left The Manichaeans, He Retained His Depraved Opinions Concerning Sin And The Origin Of The Saviour.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER X 18. Thou didst restore me then from that illness, and didst heal the son of thy handmaid in his body, that...

Chapter XI – Helpidius Disputed Well Against The Manichaeans As To The Authenticity Of The New Testament.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER XI 21. Furthermore, the things they censured in thy Scriptures I thought impossible to be defended. And yet, occasionally, I desired to...

Chapter XII – Professing Rhetoric At Rome, He Discovers The Fraud Of His Scholars.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER XII 22. I set about diligently to practice what I came to Rome to do–the teaching of rhetoric. The first task was...

Chapter XIII – He Is Sent To Milan, That He, About To Teach Rhetoric, May Be Known By Ambrose.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER XIII 23. When, therefore, the officials of Milan sent to Rome, to the prefect of the city, to ask that he provide...

Chapter XIV – Having Heard The bishop, He Percieves The Force Of The Catholic Faith, Yet Doubts, After The Manner Of The Modern Academics.

BOOK FIVE CHAPTER XIV 24. For, although I took no trouble to learn what he said, but only to hear how he said it–for this...