As st. augustine was approaching the end of his long and active life, he was much concerned about his literary production—the books and letters he had. In achieving this purpose, Augustine brought out a book scarcely to be Fathers of the Church: Saint Augustine: The Retractions (Fathers of the Church Series). Fathers of the Church: Saint Augustine: The Retractions (Fathers of the Church Series) (English and Latin Edition) [Saint, Bishop of Hippo Augustine] on.

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Resources The Works of Saint Augustine: From the point of view of providing a chronology of Retractiona writings, the Retractationes is only a general guide. In this way, he desired to show that the beauty of creation could lead people to the beauty of the Creator.

He was ordained a priest in and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan.

The Retractions (Fathers of the Church 60)

His purpose was not to recant of any Catholic doctrines he held but, rather, to clarify and enhance his previous efforts to explain and defend them. As the aged Augustine reread his extensive production, he sought to identify and to report to his widely scattered readership anything in his writings that had offended him or might retractkons others. Fathers of the Church: Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

I thought that Augustine decided as an older man, that he had made some mistakes in his writings that he needed to retract. The Craft of Theology: It provides the changes that Augustine himself desired to the texts because of the development of his thoughts retravtions the light of subsequent knowledge and experience. This book was very hard for me to locate. Augustinee Habib marked it as to-read Sep 25, He therefore he lay aside the task of reading his letters and turned again with resignation to the task thrust upon him.


The Retractions (Fathers of the Church 60) by Augustine of Hippo

There is very little in the work that is false or inaccurate, but the shaping and presentation make it a work of propaganda. The major portion of St. Brad Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 09, He stayed with his task, and with the routine of his life. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The three chief controversies and disputes within which Augustine was engaged over his lifetime were the Manichean, the Donatist and the Pelagian.

Among the Orthodox, he is called “Blessed Augustine” or “St. The major portion of St. According to his contemporary Jerome, Augustine “established anew the ancient Faith. His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. He refined his position on various issues–issues he felt he had not dealt with satisfactorily in previous works–and withdrew certain arguments and analogies, replacing them with better ones.


Even had there not been the circumstances of his great age and the threat of Vandal attackthis revision by Augustine was unique among Classical authors up to his era. It is an retracfions of classification, about which Augustine most probably would not have been concerned. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. In achieving this purpose, Augustine brought out a book scarcely to be matched in world literature.

Augustine thus made it difficult for them not to be clear about what he stood for at the end of his life – even if he did not qugustine as clearly for all of it during the previous seventy years while his thoughts were developing. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war.

Many who knew him would have seen instead either progress or outright tergiversation, depending on their point of view. Professor O’Donnell also remarked, “Another effect of the book is to imprint even more deeply on readers the view of Augustine himself on his own life.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Retraactions. When the Western Roman Empire was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Catholic Church as a spiritual City of God in a book of the same namedistinct from the material Retrxctions City.

This discrepancy concerns the classification of his writings into the category of being a book, a letter or a sermon; it has nothing to do with the authenticity of the works in question. David rated it it was amazing Mar 06, At that time, English was the only major Western language into which the Complete Works had not yet been attempted.

A translation for the Twentieth First Century. As well, he was often writing a number of works simultaneously, and in some instances there were years between a work’s beginning and its completion Augustine intended to compile a similar set of “retractions” regarding his letters and sermonsbut in there arrived in Hippo eight books of a Pelagian bishop in Italy, Julian of Eclanum. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity.

Augustine died on August 28, He championed doctrines such as baptismal regeneration, infant baptism, purgatory, the sacraments as channels of God’s grace, and the sacrificial nature of the Mass, but he never “recanted” of any of these doctrines, and he died believing everything the Catholic Church taught.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He conversed with his brothers in monastic life, continued his writing, and prayed to his God.