I Confess!

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I Confess!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In Book VIII of St. Augustine’s autobiographical Confessions, he tells the story of his conversion. He was sitting in a garden when he heard a child’s voice saying, “take up and read.” Augustine reaches for a Bible and reads the passage that it opens to. What is that passage?
    • A. 

      “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. “ (John 3:16, RSV)

    • B. 

      “Let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:13-14, RSV)

    • C. 

      “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, RSV)

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 2. 
    In Petrarch’s Ascent of Mont Ventoux, the poet recounts the progress of his climb. As he stood at the top, he pulled St. Augustine’s Confessions from his pocket and read the first passage that it opened to. What is that passage?
    • A. 

      “You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.”

    • B. 

      “Too late did I love You, O Fairness, so ancient, and yet so new! Too late did I love You! For behold, You were within, and I without, and there did I seek You.”

    • C. 

      “And men go forth to wonder at the heights of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the extent of the ocean, and the courses of the stars, and omit to wonder at themselves.”

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 3. 
    In Book VIII of Rousseau’s autobiographical Confessions, he tells the story of his “conversion.” As he walked from Paris to Vincennes to visit Diderot, he read an essay which was to be published in the Mercure de France.  He read a question which, he said, caused him to “become another man.” What was that question? 
    • A. 

      “Has the progress of the sciences and arts done more to corrupt morals or improve them?”

    • B. 

      “What is the general will of Man?”

    • C. 

      “What is the origin of inequality?”

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 4. 
    In 2004, pop singer Usher released “Confessions,” which sold nearly 1.1 million copies in its first week. What was the central theme of the record?
    • A. 

      A late-modern re-reading of St. Augustine’s Confessions in the context of the dancefloor.

    • B. 

      His argument that the parallels between Augustine’s and Rousseau’s Confessions were not strategically planned by Rousseau but were purely accidental.

    • C. 

      His breakup with TLC’s Chili.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    “Never confess! Never, never!” This advice came from…
    • A. 

      Stanley Fish

    • B. 

      Joseph Conrad

    • C. 

      Charles Dawson

    • D. 

      None of the above