Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ Book 1

Mere Fidelity

We have just started reading through Augustine’s Confessions together on Mere Fidelity. This week we discuss the first book, in which Augustine talks about his childhood.

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About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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3 Responses to Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ Book 1

  1. Geoff says:

    These comments are being made as the ‘cast continues. (I’ll have to read my copy, unread for years.)
    The dog made a great contribution.
    Strikes me as an amalgam of Psalms, Job, wisdom literature. Psalms are referenced regularly
    As read by Mat, it sounds like a Song of worship, praise almost breathlessly inexpressible, multi-faceted all-embracing contrast without contradiction diamond-like (that may be Mat, however, but may be just too emotional for him). Psalm-like with hints of Job.
    What was that about “loquacious with verbosity”? I’ll have to look it up.
    Found it on the shelf. I had read and booked-marked some. Verbosity is aimed at philosophy and what he’d left behind through conversion. Why had it taken so long, in God’s will, before his conversion?
    However, there is an inadequacy in a language of praise and worship. But can that finger of verbosity be pointed appropriately to any within the Christianity?
    A lesson taught and much to be applied in law, in advocacy in Courts (especially with Juries) is that verbosity and loquacious mastery of the language rarely carries the Court with you.
    So far is the book not a testimony of his conversion and the “renewing of the mind” shot through with, prayer, praise, and worship?
    But more; there is desperate pleading and yearning and ecstatic praise and prayer, that would be an embarrassment in some Churches today and leave “Augusteen” sitting on his own.
    How about this:”who will grant me that you come to my heart and intoxicate it so that I forget my evils and embrace my one and only good, yourself?”
    Halfway through listening.

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