Contents – Book III

Contents – Book III  Book III  Chapter I Deluded by an Insane Love, He, Though Foul and Dishonourable, Desires to be Thought Elegant and Urbane....

Chapter I – Deluded By An Insane Love, He, Though Foul And Dishonourable, Desires To Be Thought Elegant And Urbane.

BOOK THREE The story of his student days in Carthage, his discovery of Cicero’s Hortensius, the enkindling of his philosophical interest, his infatuation with the Manichean...

Chapter II – In Public Spectacles He Is Moved By An Empty Compassion. He Is Attacked By A Troublesome Spiritual Disease.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER II 2. Stage plays also captivated me, with their sights full of the images of my own miseries: fuel for my own...

Chapter III – Not Even When At Church Does He Suppress His Desires. In The School Of Rhetoric He Abhors The Acts Of The Subverters.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER III 5. And still thy faithful mercy hovered over me from afar. In what unseemly iniquities did I wear myself out, following...

Chapter V – He Rejects The Sacred Scriptures As Too Simple, And As Not to Be Compared With The Dignity Of Tully.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER V 9. I resolved, therefore, to direct my mind to the Holy Scriptures, that I might see what they were. And behold,...

Chapter VI – Deceived By His Own Fault, He Falls Into The Errors Of The Manichaeans, Who Gloried In The True Knowledge Of God And In A Thorough Examination Of Things.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER VI 10. Thus I fell among men, delirious in their pride, carnal and voluble, whose mouths were the snares of the devil–a...

Chapter VII – He Attacks The Doctrine Of The Manichaeans Concerning Evil, God, And The Righteousness Of The Patriarchs.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER VII 12. For I was ignorant of that other reality, true Being. And so it was that I was subtly persuaded to...

Chapter VIII – He Argues Against The Same As To The Reason Of Offences.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER VIII 15. Can it ever, at any time or place, be unrighteous for a man to love God with all his heart,...

Chapter IX – That The Judgment Of God And Men, As To Human Acts Of Violence, Is Different.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER IX 17. But among all these vices and crimes and manifold iniquities, there are also the sins that are committed by men...

Chapter X – He Reproves The Triflings Of The Manichæans As To The Fruits Of The Earth.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER X 18. But I was ignorant of all this, and so I mocked those holy servants and prophets of thine. Yet what...

Chapter XI – He Refers To The Tears, And The Memorable Dream Concerning Her Son, Granted By God To His Mother.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER XI 19. And now thou didst “stretch forth thy hand from above”[80] and didst draw up my soul out of that profound darkness...

Chapter XII -The Excellent Answer Of The Bishop When Referred To By His Mother As To The Conversion Of Her Son.

BOOK THREE CHAPTER XII 21. Meanwhile, thou gavest her yet another answer, as I remember–for I pass over many things, hastening on to those things...