7. The Confessions as Autobiography

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Paula Fredriksen

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch7

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Fredriksen, P. (2012) The Confessions as Autobiography, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • The Confessions as autobiography, theological masterpiece;
  • interpretive conundrum, not Augustine, but seeing Augustine's god;
  • the Confessions, style of its composition;
  • reading Confessions, as that of Augustine, and his conversion;
  • the Confessions, conversion stories of intensity;
  • Augustine and baptism, his own fallenness, fractured three-ness;
  • Augustine's paradox of wanting, and not wanting the same thing;
  • Augustine's Confessions, quest for truth, and knowledge of God


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Interpretive Conundrum

  • The Theological Matrix

  • Time, Retrospect, and Truth

  • Further Reading