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Watts, William 1590?-1649

Works: 210 works in 471 publications in 3 languages and 3,685 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Sermons  Sources  Military history  Commentaries 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Arranger, Adapter, Recipient, Printer, Former owner, Composer
Classifications: BR65.A6, 242
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St. Augustine's confessions by Augustine ( Book )
95 editions published between 1631 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
AUGUSTINUS (A.D. 354-430), son of a pagan Patricius of Tagaste in North Africa and his Christian wife Monica, while studying in Africa to become a rhetorician, plunged into a turmoil of philosophical and psychological doubts in search of truth, joining for a time the Manichaean society. He became a teacher of grammar at Tagaste, and lived much under the influence of his mother and his friend Alypius. About 383 he went to Rome and soon after to Milan as a teacher of rhetoric, being now attracted by the philosophy of the Sceptics and of the Neo-Platonists. His studies of Pauls letters with Alypius and the preaching of Bishop Ambrose led in 386 to his rejection of all sensual habits and to his famous conversion from mixed beliefs to Christianity. After a year in Rome again and his mothers death he returned to Tagaste and there founded a religious community. In 395 or 396 he became Bishop of Hippo, and was henceforth engrossed in duties, writing and controversy. He died at Hippo during the successful siege by the Vandals. From his large output the Loeb Classical Library offers that great autobiography the Confessions which reveal Gods action in man; On the City of God which unfolds Gods action in the progress of the worlds history, and propounds the superiority of Christian beliefs over Pagan in adversity; and some of the Letters which are important for the study of ecclesiastical history and Augustines relations with other theologians
Confessions by Augustine ( Book )
20 editions published between 1912 and 2006 in English and Latin and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his "Confessions" is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood. Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of Augustine's conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint's fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine's beloved mother, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine's concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references and allusions that are easily understood only with background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make "The Confessions" accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish the context. The religious and philosophical value of "The Confessions" is unquestionable--now modern readers will have easier access to St. Augustine's deeply personal meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and helpful introduction clear the way for a new experience of this classic
Saint Augustine's Confessions; with an English translation by William Watts by Augustine ( Book )
1 edition published in 1912 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Matthaei Paris monachi Albanensis Angli Historia major : juxta exemplar Londinense 1640 verbatim recusa by Matthew Paris ( )
2 editions published between 1684 and 1686 in Latin and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
St. Augustine's confessions : in 2 volumes by Augustine ( Book )
12 editions published between 1912 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
St. Augustine's confessions : in 2 volumes by Augustine ( Book )
10 editions published between 1912 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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VVats, VVillielmus, ca 1590-1649
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Wats, William 1590-1649
Wats, William, ca 1590-1649
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Wats, Willielmus, 1590?-1649
Wats, Willielmus, ca. 1590-1649
Watt, William, ca 1590-1649
Watts, William