Sunday, June 22, 2008

Currently Reading

Due to suggestions I am reading "The Confessions of St. Augustine". If anyone out there wants to read it while I do, Google Books has a full view copy of the edition that now exists in the Public Domain.

Here is the link if anyone is interested

6 comments:

Maggie said...

Seeing this reminds me that there are a lot of books worth reading that are in the public domain and that might be recommended to you. Perhaps you already know about all these collections of ebooks but others may not. Here are links that are worth knowing about:

Project Gutenberg is the oldest and largest collection of ebooks. You won't believe what you can find there:

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Then there is the smaller but well organized Alex catalog

http://infomotions.com/alex/

Then there is Bartleby:
http://www.bartleby.com/

Bartleby contains dictionaries, encyclopedias and "Great Books". You will find some real gems buried there, particularly in the series Harvard Classics which is in the "non-fiction" menu but contains both fiction and non-fiction. Lots of great authors you will likely hear us refer to from time to time are found there.

The Catechism, which is definitely worth consulting whenever you wonder what is "official" teaching, is available in a number of places but I like the one at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops because it is keyword searchable:

http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/

I must also mention Bede's Library which is a fantastic apologetics source-- he has it organized under science, history, and philosophy. It is a pretty decent college education in itself!

http://www.bede.org.uk/

Damien said...

Fantastic... thank you maggie

Rob said...

St. Augustine is my patron saint actually. He serves as an example that no matter how bad of a lifestyle someone has there is always redemption. I love St. Augustine!

Flexo said...

Excellent. Only make sure you find a translation that you are comfortable with. If you start to struggle with one version, don't hesitate to find a more readable one. (I, for one, do not have the patience for archaic English, what with a bunch of "thees" and "thous".)

As stated before, if you like questions, Augustine asks zillions of questions in the Confessions. And if yours is a quest for truth, well, his entire life was a hunger for and search for truth.

I have found any Augustine, including the Confessions, to be both an easy read (unlike Thomas Aquinas, which leaves me scratching my head), and a challenging read -- but challenging only because I'm underlining every other sentence with my red pen and making notations in the margin, and then having to stop and reflect upon it. A Stephen King zoom-read, zipping through 800 pages in one weekend, he ain't.

Maggie said...

For all your Augustine translation needs, see http://www.sant-agostino.it/links/inglese/index.htm There are 4 or 5 different versions of Confessions to be found there. I took a look at the first one which is at the New Advent site (This site also contains the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 which is an amazing resource but not for the faint of heart on theological topics) and found it more readable than the Google version. But that is a matter of personal taste...

Damien said...

@flexo: I am the same. Thees and thous make me go cross eyed and gives me a headache...

@maggie: Awesome, thank you for the links, thee and thou free.