Ottley. Studies in the Confessions of St. Augustine. 1919.
Studies in the Confessions of St. Augustine
Author Ottley, Robert L
Publication date 1919
Topics Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo
Publisher London : Robert Scott
Collection kellylibrary; toronto
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor Kelly – University of Toronto
What has given the Confessions their place in the devotional literature of the world is the fact that they touch the heights and depths of a true religious experience. Their writer, sensitive as he was to the various intellectual influences of his time, yet set before himself, as the dominant aim of his life, the knowledge of God. The book may be of service to us, in our endeavour to probe the roots of that prevalent unrest and dissatisfaction which partly prompt, and partly hinder, the task of “reconstruction.” Under Augustine’s guidance we may learn to take into account more seriously the reality of evil ; the presence of sin, and its pervasive power, in human life ; the barrenness of any system of thought, political or intellectual, which ignores man’s need of God in every sphere of his personal or social activity.