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p. 686. Confessionslocked

  • Henry Chadwick


Augustine was consecrated as coadjustor bishop of Hippo, not without controversy. The combination of his Manichee past and his extreme cleverness meant that he was distrusted. ‘Confessions’ describes Augustine's first three years as bishop when he composed his masterpiece, the Confessions. The work is a prose-poem written as an address to God. It was directed against the Manichees. The title of the work carried the double sense of praise and penitence. The Confessions narrate Augustine's conversion to faith. Augustine asked a number of questions in his work: why did God create when he did? Why not sooner? What was he doing before he created?

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