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Acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox presents a beautifully written biography of one of the most influential figures in all of Christianity: Saint Augustine.

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Saint Augustine is one of the most influential figures in all of Christianity, yet his path to sainthood was by no means assured. Born in AD 354 to a pagan father and a Christian mother, Augustine spent the first thirty years of his life struggling to understand the nature of God and his world. He learned about Christianity as a child but was never baptized, choosing instead to immerse himself in the study of rhetoric, Manicheanism, and then Neoplatonism—all the while indulging in a life of lust and greed.

In Augustine, acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox re-creates Augustine's early life with unparalleled insight, showing how Augustine's quest for knowledge and faith finally brought him to Christianity and a life of celibacy. Augustine's Confessions, a vivid description of his journey toward conversion and baptism, still serves as a model of spirituality for Christians around the world.

Magisterial and beautifully written, Augustine will be the definitive biography of this colossal figure for decades to come.

"Fox [i]s an exceptionally insightful and probing biographer." ---Booklist Starred Review

"Fox presents a complex, ever-changing, articulate, introspective, and idealistic philosopher sinner, revealing elements from Confessions and the author's many other titles." ---Library Journal

"An erudite and ordered reading of Augustine's Confessions and a worthy addition to any library on early Christianity." ---Kirkus

"Robin Lane Fox brings to life the world of late Roman antiquity, and one of its most compelling personalities." ---Paula Fredriksen, author of Augustine and the Jews
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Augustine

Conversions to Confessions

Author Robin Lane Fox

Narrated by Michael Page

Publication date Nov 24, 2015

Running time 26 hrs

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