Sunday, June 20, 2004

Augustine, Saint

In many ways no less unusual a book than his Confessions, the Retractationes (426 - 427; Reconsiderations), written in the last years of his life, offers a retrospective rereading of Augustine's career. In form, the book is a catalog of his writings with comments on the circumstances of their composition and with the retractions or rectifications he would make in hindsight. (One

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