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Augustine's Inner Dialogue
translated by
Kim Paffenroth
introduction by
Boniface Ramsey
edited by
John E. Rotelle, OSA
Page Count
108 pages
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    About the book

    Soliloquies is a work from Augustine's early life, shortly after his conversion, in which are visible all the seeds contained in his future writings. Here we see Augustine as a philosopher, a thinker, and a budding theologian. We also see him as a person preparing for baptism, reaching for the God of truth for whom he had searched passionately. It is his personal prayer to his God of love and mercy.

    In Soliloquies, Augustine is relentless in his interior quest for truth a quest similar to Socrates' dialogue quest in the Platonic dialogues, except that Augustine’s dialogue is a solely interior one. In the text, Augustine reveals a rigorous self-critical intellectual methodology essential for any attainment of inner freedom and peace a methodology that could benefit any contemporary seeker of truth.

    Sr. Barbara Wall
    Villanova University, PA
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    About the author

    Augustine of Hippo is one of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Western world. After becoming a Christian he was made bishop of Hippo in Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His more than 100 books, 200 letters, and 500 sermons have left a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. His classic and best-selling works include The Confessions, The Trinity, The City of God, and Teaching Christianity.