Contents – Book I

Contents – Book I Chapter I He Proclaims the Greatness of God, Whom He Desires to Seek and Invoke, Being Awakened by Him. Chapter II...

Chapter I – He Proclaims The Greatness Of God, Whom He Desires To Seek And Invoke, Being Awakened By Him.

BOOK ONE In God’s searching presence, Augustine undertakes to plumb the depths of his memory to trace the mysterious pilgrimage of grace which his life...

Chapter II – That The God Whom We Invoke Is In Us, And We In Him.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER II 2. And how shall I call upon my God–my God and my Lord? For when I call on him I ask...

Chapter III – Everywhere God Wholly Filleth All Things, But Neither Heaven Nor Earth Containeth Him.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER III 3. Since, then, thou dost fill the heaven and earth, do they contain thee? Or, dost thou fill and overflow them,...

Chapter IV – The Majesty Of God Is Supreme, And His Virtues Inexplicable

BOOK ONE CHAPTER IV 4. What, therefore, is my God? What, I ask, but the Lord God? “For who is Lord but the Lord himself,...

Chapter V – He Seeks Rest In God, And Pardon Of His Sins.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER V 5. Who shall bring me to rest in thee? Who will send thee into my heart so to overwhelm it that...

Chapter VI – He Describes His Infancy, And Lauds The Protection And Eternal Providence Of God.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER VI 7. Still, dust and ashes as I am, allow me to speak before thy mercy. Allow me to speak, for, behold,...

Chapter VII – He Shows By Example That Even Infancy Is Prone To Sin.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER VII 11. “Hear me, O God! Woe to the sins of men!” When a man cries thus, thou showest him mercy, for...

Chapter VIII – That When A Boy He Learned To Speak, Not By Any Set Method, But From The Acts And Words Of His Parents.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER VIII 13. Did I not, then, as I grew out of infancy, come next to boyhood, or rather did it not come...

Chapter IX – 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.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER IX 14. O my God! What miseries and mockeries did I then experience when it was impressed on me that obedience to...

Chapter X – Through A Love Of Ball-Playing And Shows, He Neglects His Studies And The Injunctions Of His Parents

BOOK ONE CHAPTER X 16. And yet I sinned, O Lord my God, thou ruler and creator of all natural things–but of sins only the...

Chapter XII – Being Compelled, He Gave His Attention To Learning; But Fully Acknowledges That This Was The Work Of God.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XII 19. But in this time of childhood–which was far less dreaded for me than my adolescence–I had no love of learning,...

Chapter XIII – He Delighted In Latin Studies And The Empty Fables Of The Poets, But Hated The Elementss Of Literature And The Greek Language.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XIII 20. But what were the causes for my strong dislike of Greek literature, which I studied from my boyhood? Even to...

Chapter XIV – Why He Despised Greek Literature, And Easily Learned Latin.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XIV 24. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let not my soul faint under thy discipline, nor let me faint in confessing unto...

Chapter XV – He Entreats God, That Whatever Useful Things He Learned As A Boy May Be Dedicated To Him.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XV 25. But woe unto you, O torrent of human custom! Who shall stay your course? When will you ever run dry?...

Chapter XVI – He Disapproves Of The Mode Of Educating Youth, And He Points Out Why Wickedness Is Attributed To The Gods By The Poets.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XVI 27. Bear with me, O my God, while I speak a little of those talents, thy gifts, and of the follies...

Chapter XVII – He Continues On The Unhappy Method Of Training Youth In Literary Subjects.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XVII 28. But it was no wonder that I was thus carried toward vanity and was estranged from thee, O my God,...

Chapter XVIII – Men Desire To Observe The Rules Of Learning, But Neglect The Eternal Rules Of Everlasting Safety.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XVIII 31. However, O Lord, to thee most excellent and most good, thou Architect and Governor of the universe, thanks would be...

Chapter XI – Siezed By Disease, His Mother Being Troubled, He Earnestly Demands Baptism, Which On Recovery Is Postponed – His Father Not As Yet Believing In Christ.

BOOK ONE CHAPTER XI 17. Even as a boy I had heard of eternal life promised to us through the humility of the Lord our...