He, now given to divine things, and yet entangled by the
lusts of love, consults simplicanus in reference to the
renewing of his mind.
The pious old man rejoices that he read plato and the
scriptures, and tells him of the rhetorician victorinus
having been converted to the faith through the reading
of the sacred books
That God and the Angels rejoice more on the return of
one sinner than of many just persons.
He shows by the example of victorinus that there is more
joy In the conversion of nobles.
Of the causes which alienate us from God.
Pontitainus' account of Antony, the founder of monachism,
and of some who imitated him.
He deplores his wretchedness, that having been born thirty-two
years, he had not yet found out the truth.
The conversation with Alypius being ended, he retires
to the garden whither his friend follows him.
That the mind commandeth the mind, but it willeth not
He refutes the opinion of the Manichaeans as to two kinds
of minds,—one good and the other evil.
In what manner the spirit struggled with the flesh, that
it might be freed from the bondage of vanity.
Having prayed to God, he pours forth a shower of tears,
and, admonished by a voice, he opens the book and reads
the words in Rom. XIII. 13; by which, being changed in
his whole soul, he discloses the divine favour to his
friend and his mother.