The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Book 13

Chapter I
He calls upon God, and proposes to himself to worship him.
Chapter II
All creatures subsist from the plenitude of divine goodnss.
Chapter III
Genesis I. 3,—of "Light,"—He understands as it is seen in the spiritual creature.
Chapter IV
All things have been created by the grace of God, and are not of him as standing need of created things.
Chapter V
He recognises the Trinity in the first two verses of Genesis.
Chapter VI
Why the Holy Ghost should have been mentioned after the mention of Heaven and Earth.
Chapter VII
That the Holy Spirit brings us to God.
Chapter VIII
That nothing whatever, short of God, can yield to the rational creature a happy rest.
Chapter IX
Why the Holy Spirit was only "Borne over" the waters.
Chapter X
That nothing arose save by the gift of God.
Chapter XI
That the symbols of the Trinity in man, to be, to know, and to will, are never thoroughly examined.
Chapter XII
Allegorical explanation of Genesis, Chapter I, concerning the origin of the church and its worship.
Chapter XIII
That the renewal of man is not completed in this world.
Chapter XIV
that out of the children of the night and of the darkness, childred of the light and day are made.
Chapter XV
Allegorical explanation of the firmament and upper works, Ver. 6.
Chapter XVI
That no one but the unchangeable light kows himself.
Chapter XVII
Allegorical explanation of the sea and the fruit-bearing earth—verses 9 and 11.
Chapter XVIII
Of the lights and stars of Heaven—of day and night, ver. 14.
Chapter XIX
All men should become lights in the firmament of Heaven.
Chapter XX
Concerning reptiles and flying creatures (ver. 20),—the sacrament of baptism being regarded.
Chapter XXI
Concerning the living soul, birds, and fishes (Ver. 24),—the sacrament of the eucharist being regarded.
Chapter XXII
He explains the divine image (ver. 26.) of the renewal of the mind.
Chapter XXIII
That to have power over all things (ver. 26) is to judge spiritually of all.
Chapter XXIV
Why God has blessed men, fishes, flying creatures, and not herbs and the other animals.
Chapter XXV
He explains the fruits of the Earth (ver. 29) of Works of mercy.
Chapter XXVI
In the confessing of benefits, computation is made not as to the "gift," but as to the "fruit,"—that is, the good and right will of the giver.
Chapter XXVII
Many are ignorant as to this, and ask for miracles, which are signified under the names of "fishes" and "Whales."
Chapter XXVIII
He proceeds to the last verse, "All things are very good,"—that is, the work being altogether good.
Chapter XXIX
Although it is said eight times that "God saw that it was good," yet time has no relation to God and his word.
Chapter XXX
He refutes the opinions of the Manichaeans and the Gnostics concerning the origin of the world.
Chapter XXXI
We do not see "That it was Good," but through the spirit of God, which is in us.
Chapter XXXII
Of the particular works of God, more especially of man.
Chapter XXXIII
The world was created by God out of Nothing.
Chapter XXXIV
He briefly repeats the allegorical interpretation of Genesis (Chapter 1), and confesses that we see it by the Divine Spirit.
Chapter XXXV
He prays God for that peace of rest which hath no evening.
Chapter XXXVI
The seventh day, without evening and setting, the image of eternal life and rest in God.
Chapter XXXVII
Of rest in God, who ever worketh, and yet is ever at rest.
Of the Difference between the knowledge of God and of men, and of the repose which is to be sought from God only.

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