The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Book 3

Chapter I
Deluded by an Insane Love, He, Though Foul and Dishonourable, Desires to be Thought Elegant and Urbane.
Chapter II
In Public Spectacles He is Moved by an Empty Compassion. He is Attacked by a Troublesome Spiritual Disease.
Chapter III
Not Even When at Church Does he Suppress His Desires. In the School of Rhetoric He Abhors the Acts of the Subverters.
Chapter IV
In the Nineteenth Year of His Age (His Father Having Died Two Years Before) He is Led by the "Hortensius" of Cicero to "Philosophy," to God, and a Better Mode of Thinking.
Chapter V
He Rejects the Sacred Scriptures as too Simple, and as not to be Compared With the Dignity of Tully.
Chapter VI
Deceived by His Own Fault, He Falls Into the Errors of the Manichaeans, who Gloried in the True Knowledge of God and in a Thorough Examination of Things.
Chapter VII
He Attacks the Doctrine of the Manichaeans Concerning Evil, God, and the Righteousness of the Patriarchs.
Chapter VIII
He Argues Against the Same as to the Reason of Offences.
Chapter IX
That the Judgment of God and Men, as to Human Acts of Violence, is Different.
Chapter X
He Reproves the Triflings of the Manichæans as to the Fruits of the Earth.
Chapter XI
He Refers to the Tears, and the Memorable Dream Concerning Her Son, Granted by God to His Mother.
Chapter XII
The Excellent Answer of the Bishop When Referred to by His Mother as to the Conversion of Her Son.

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