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A Restless Heart: St Augustine’s Confesssions

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St Augustine (AD 354–430) is one of the most important figures in western Christianity and philosophy. Famously a convert from a restless, libertine lifestyle, he is best-known for his Confessions, the vivid account of his life and faith which sets a model for self-discovery and still speaks to us with extraordinary freshness, 1,600 years later. In it he searches questions of human identity, love, meaning, spirituality, and his passionate, personal sense of relationship with God. The Confessions are written as a prayer, in which he says to God ‘You have struck my heart with your word, and I have fallen in love with you’.

In this study afternoon, Cally Hammond will introduce this fascinating figure, crucial to Christian thought, and explore something of what his most famous work can teach us about ourselves, our faith and God today.

The Revd Dr Cally Hammond is Dean of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. The author of numerous academic and spiritual works, her new translation of Augustine’s Confessions was commissioned by Harvard University’s Leob Classical Press and published to great acclaim last year.

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