Jared Ortiz is assistant professor of religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He is the author of several publications on Augustine, deification, and the Latin patristic tradition. He is the founder and director of the Saint Benedict Forum for Catholic Thought, Culture, and Evangelization.
Challenging the common notion that Augustine’s Confessions lacks literary unity, “You Made Us for Yourself” approaches the Confessions in light of what Augustine himself would have considered most fundamental: creation, understood in a broad sense. Creation, for Augustine, is an epiphany, a light which reveals who God and man are. It is, Ortiz argues, the light within which Augustine wrote the Confessions and can account for the often despaired of meaning, structure, and unity of the Confessions.