“Augustine: Conversions to Confessions” by Robin Lane Fox

Monday, 01 May 2017

We will never finish with his confessions because they will not finish with us” (12), Robin Lane Fox writes in his new five-hundred-page biography of St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. Lane Fox, a historian of the ancient world, endeavors to tell the story of Augustine’s life from his birth in Thagaste in 354 to the completion of his Confessions in 397, using Confessions as a key to understanding his intellectual and spiritual development. Indeed, Confessions becomes as much a lead protagonist as Augustine. Lane Fox states that his goal is to “place Augustine, with the <...

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