Call Number: BR65.A6 E5 1943
This partial autobiography, written over 1500 years ago, is Augustine’s own story of his young life and his adult conversion to Christianity. Augustine is a fabulous writer who led an interesting life and so the Confessions is not dull or overly cerebral. The now-saint discusses his previous sex life, a time he committed theft with his friends, his reactions to the deaths of his closest friend and his mother, his experimentation with a variety of religious and philosophical positions, and much more in a way that is often raw, relatable, and insightful. The work also contains some of Augustine’s philosophical reflections on topics like memory, faith, and the nature of time (including an argument suggesting time is an illusion). This profoundly influential work helped convince me, as a nineteen year old, that I should spend my academic life studying medieval Christian philosophy.