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Augustine's Thoughts on Free Will - One thing that philosophers are great at is asking big questions, usually without providing answers. However, Saint Augustine has a more direct approach to his speculation, often offering a solution to the questions he poses. One such topic he broached in The City of God against the pagans. In this text, Augustine addresses the problem of free will and extends his own viewpoint. Stating that humankind can have free will with an omniscient God, he clarifies by defining foreknowledge, free will, and how they can interact successfully together (Augustine, 198)....   [tags: free will, saint augustine, god]
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St. Augustine as the True Heir of Plato - Aristotle and St. Augustine have both been influenced by Plato. Their philosophy on morality, politics, and the purpose of life has been platonically influenced. St. Augustine is the true heir of Plato because he has taken Plato’s ideal state, and revealed the implications of the lives that the citizens of the earthly city lead, in the City of God. Plato’s state is an ideal state, that would not function in reality. St. Augustine has taken Plato’s notions, and have furthered the implications of living a life that strives towards a common good....   [tags: Aristotle and St. Augustine]
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Augustine And Love - Augustine and Love Augustine states continuously that he was not yet in love, but was in love with love. This statement doesn't make sense to me. I don't believe that someone can be in love with something, if he or she doesn't understand what love is. "I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need." (pg....   [tags: Augustine Analysis ] 1056 words
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Creation and Augustine vs. Evolution and Charles Darwin - In this philosophical scientific research paper, I will proceed as follows. First I will address the pros and cons of creation and evolution. Second, I will analyze the philosophical scientific causes of this issue in light of St. Augustine and Charles Darwin. Last I will infer my own results and therefore propose some scientific suggestions. Many people have asked the question, where did we come from. According to creationists a higher power, or “God” created the universe. Some believe that “God” started off the universe and let it form by itself....   [tags: Creation, Augustine, Evolution, Charles Darwin,]
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Teaching The Confessions of St. Augustine - Teaching The Confessions of St. Augustine ABSTRACT: Augustine's passionate and immensely personal account of his conversion has enthralled readers for centuries. Unfortunately, the passion and personal nature of the writing can stand as a barrier to comprehension, especially when the text is taught at the undergraduate level. Add to this the fact that the work has the character of one long and substained prayer to God, contains many passages that are tediously introspective, and refers to a time and place that are foreign to today's undergraduates, the task of helping students to understand and appreciate the work is daunting, to say the least....   [tags: The Confessions of St. Augustine]
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Biography of Augustine the African - Biography of Augustine the African Augustine was born in Tagaste (modern Souk Ahras, Algeria) in 354 and died almost seventy-six years later in Hippo Regius (modern Annaba) on the Mediterranean coast sixty miles away. In the years between he lived out a career that seems to moderns to bridge the gap between ancient pagan Rome and the Christian middle ages. But to Augustine, as to his contemporaries, that gap separated real people and places they knew, not whole imaginary ages of past and future....   [tags: Augustine Africa Emperors Essays] 5149 words
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Comparing Thomas Hobbes and Augustine - Compare how Hobbes and Augustine Think The Condition of War Arises and Defend One Author's Account of `ordinary' Morality As An Antedote For It Augustine believes that the condition of war arises when the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God is disrupted (The City of God, 690) whereas Hobbes believes that the original state of nature is a condition of constant war, which rational and self-motivated people want to end. Augustine argues that peace is more than the absence of hostilities - it is a state of harmony that makes possible the full functioning of human beings....   [tags: Hobbes vs Augustine ] 881 words
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Augustine's Concept of Politics - Augustine's Concept of Politics For Augustine, political life is a necessary evil. Why is it evil and why is it necessary. How then, does his claim influence his political theory. Introduction It is probably prudent to begin by discussing some of the fundamental beliefs of St. Augustine in order to better tackle the question. We must remember that St. Augustine is first and foremost a theologian, and thus his beliefs are firmly rooted in the teachings of Christianity. He accepted the doctrine of the Bible, i.e....   [tags: Politics Theology Augustine Essays]
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A Review of Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo - A Review of Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo          Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo is a dense, scholarly work outlining the entire life of the Catholic bishop.  The University of California Press in Berkeley, California published the work in 1967.  My version was the 1973 second paperback printing, found in the University library.  Its smallish, scholarly, serifed, typewritten font allows for a instant respect for the subject matter:  the words are at first imposing, but then revealing as their serious tone complements the complexity of the text.  The pages are studded with footnotes, filling out this work with evidence of Brown’s exhaustive research.  There is a three-page preface bef...   [tags: Augustine Hippo] 1540 words
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Analysis of St. Augustine’s Confessions - St. Augustine’s Confessions St. Augustine is a man with a rational mind. As a philosopher, scholar, and teacher of rhetoric, he is trained in and practices the art of logical thought and coherent reasoning. The pursuits of his life guide him to seek concrete answers to specific questions. Religion, the practice of which relies primarily on faith—occasionally blind faith—presents itself as unable to be penetrated by any sort of scientific study or inquiry. Yet, like a true scientist and philosopher, one of the first questions St....   [tags: St. Augustine Confessions Philosophy Essays]
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St. Augustine and the Problem of Evil from a Christian Basis - St. Augustine and the Problem of Evil from a Christian Basis In his Confessions, St. Augustine writes about a large number of topics that continue to have relevance today. The text documents the development of Augustine’s faith and his Christian philosophy, and one thing of particular interest is his argument for the nature of evil. Christianity predicates several important ideas that Augustine builds upon in his philosophy, and within its context, he presents a thorough, compelling argument against the problem of evil that identifies evil as a misperception....   [tags: Christianity, Confessions, St. Augustine]
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Self-knowledge and the Sciences in Augustine's Early Thinking - Self-knowledge and the Sciences in Augustine's Early Thinking ABSTRACT: The idea of a firm connection of the seven artes liberales came first into being in Augustine's early concept of education (I. Hadot). Whereas this idea has been analyzed primarily in view of its philosophical sources, this paper is supposed to clarify its internal logic. The main feature of Augustine's concept is the distinction between the two projects of a critique of reason and of a metaphysics, and the coordination of these projects within a treatise on theodicy....   [tags: Augustine Philosophy Philosophical Essays]
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Saint Augustine - Saint Augustine Saint Augustine (354-430 AD), also known as Augustine of Hippo created an image of himself through his writings and teachings. He was born in Tagaste, a town in North Africa, on November 13, 354 AD. He was born into a middle class family. Patricius, his father, was a pagan, but later converted to Christianity because of his wife, Monica, was a devout Christian. Augustine’s mother, who was devoted to the Roman Catholic church, constantly tried for her son's conversion. Augustine was educated as a lecturer in the former North African cities of Tagaste, Madaura, and Carthage....   [tags: Biography Biographies Augustine Essays] 1609 words
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Allegorizations of the Active and Contemplative Lives in Philo, Origen, Augustine, and Gregory - Allegorizations of the Active and Contemplative Lives in Philo, Origen, Augustine, and Gregory This paper examines the allegorical interpretations given to several Scriptural pairs as they relate to the idea of the active and contemplative lives in Philo, Origen, Augustine, and Gregory. As will be shown, Augustine combines elements found in the two previous writers to form his allegory of the two wives of Jacob as representative of the active and contemplative lives. In Philo, most of the essential elements of later Christian thought on the active and contemplative lives are already present....   [tags: Philo Origen Augustine Gregory]
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Saint Augustine - The doctrine of the Divine Unity is a truth of natural religion; the doctrine of the Trinity is a truth of revealed religion. The various systems of natural theism present arguments for the Divine existence, unity, and attributes, but proceed no further. They do not assert and endeavor to demonstrate that the Supreme Being is three persons in one essence. It is because this doctrine is not discoverable by human reason, that the Christian church has been somewhat shy of attempts to construct it analytically; or even to defend it upon grounds of reason....   [tags: Saint Augustine Religion Doctrines Essays] 5558 words
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Exploring St. Augustine of Hippo's Augustine Confessions - Augustine’s Confessions is an autobiographical work by St. Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between 397 and 398 CE. Saint Augustine is one of the most important figures in Western Christianity because of his teachings and interpretations of the gospel. He is also considered one the church fathers of Latin Christianity. This inspiring autobiography explores St. Augustine sinful childhood and adolescence, further conversion to Christianity and teachings as bishop of Hippo. This autobiography is divided into thirteen books, from which the first nine are mostly autobiographical, and the last four mostly are commentaries, where he discusses philosophical and theological issues....   [tags: autobiographical work] 836 words
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Augustine’s Journey to the Truth in The Confessions of St. Augustine - In the Confessions by Saint Augustine, this great philosopher experiences many problems and emotions related to sin and evil. As a boy, he often felt darkness, blindness, and confusion while attempting to find rest in God. Augustine started out in childhood with a restless heart because he had to live in two different worlds. These worlds consisted of his mother’s Christian faith, and the world of everything else. These two worlds confused and disturbed Augustine as a child. Augustine’s father was pagan and his mother was Christian, and they both wanted him to be very successful in the world....   [tags: philosophy, religion, The Confessions of St. Augus]
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Origin of Evil in The Confessions by Augustine - In the Confessions, Augustine wrote about his struggle with understanding how evil exists in a world created by God. He questioned how it was possible and why God allows evil in his creations because God is supremely good. After delving into finding a solution, Augustine concluded that evil does not exist, and the things deemed as evil are caused by free will. This paper will argue that Augustine has successfully proven that evil does not exist by explaining his earlier explanation of the origin of evil taught by the Manicheans, explaining Augustine’s teachings, and finally, using the textual descriptions of Augustine’s unwillingness to convert as support for his conclusion....   [tags: evil, creations, free will] 783 words
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A Brief Biography of Saint Augustine - Saint Augustine was born in the year 354. During his adolescence he was a “womanizer” and not involved with the Christian faith. However, Augustine’s profession was rhetorician, and he got a job teaching in Rome. In Rome he came across Ambrose, bishop of Milan, who was able to help Augustine through his difficulties regarding Christianity. Ambrose was the first intellectual Christian that Augustine had encountered, and Augustine was impressed with his intellectual abilities. Ambrose was an inspiration to Augustine, which led to his passion for Christianity....   [tags: Christian philosphy, religious beliefs] 1726 words
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The Early Enlightenment of Augustine - Throughout the Confessions, Augustine provides a journal of his life. Education played a major role in his development. Augustine the character’s education began from the moment he started to communicate. He later went on to be formally educated before being removed from school for financial difficulties. Augustine the narrator believes his education a granted will from God; however, at times, Augustine the character seemed to take advantage of this will. Through this ability, granted by God’s will, Augustine the character was able to become literate....   [tags: Catholic faith, religious philosophy] 1174 words
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Reflecting on St. Augustine at ACS - ... Ambrose provided Augstine the tools for his conversion to Christianity. “The Odyssey,” “The Aenid,” and “The Inferno” explore literature and poetry by examining the heroes epic journeys. Odysseus, Aeneas, and Dante use adventures set upon by a greater force to achieve their own respective goals – whether it is to figure out how to get home or how to start a home or just who you are. These characters use their heroic personalities to overcome struggles to achieve their respective goals. These stories correspond with “The Confessions” because the book is full of questions that are confusing to understand....   [tags: personal journey] 1477 words
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Augustine and The Problem of Evil - In the beginning, God created the world. He created the earth, air, stars, trees and mortal animals, heaven above, the angels, every spiritual being. God looked at these things and said that they were good. However, if all that God created was good, from where does un-good come. How did evil creep into the universal picture. In Book VII of his Confessions, St. Augustine reflects on the existence of evil and the theological problem it poses. For evil to exist, the Creator God must have granted it existence....   [tags: God, Creation, Evil]
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AUGUSTINE AND THE EARLY CHURCH - Augustine and the Early Church Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown Live Oak Public Library, STACKS 270.2 BROW Q5. In Augustine’s unfailing attempt to fight the heresies that plagued the early church, he realized that much of his colleagues and congregation lived by unquestioned faith in the Catholic Church. He also realized that this left them without a strong foundation for which they believed. (Brown, 354) His contributions to the written theological doctrines of Catholicism helped to strengthen the Church’s authority on controversial topics....   [tags: Church History ]
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Biography of St. Augustine of Hippo - Saint Augustine Saint Augustine (354-430) better known by Augustine of Hippo was a North African native. Most of his life was spent as a Christian bishop at Hippo Regius, North Africa, it was also where he earned his common name Augustine of Hippo. He was born in a small town named Tagaste (modern Algeria) and lived a morally life as his thoughts on life changes as he ages. Although he lived through tough times, throughout his life, he was most famously known for his autobiography (Confessions), his great educational accomplishments, and his spread of Christianity....   [tags: Bishop, Christianity, Morals]
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The Theodicies of Augustine and Boethius - A foundational belief in Christianity is the idea that God is perfectly good. God is unable to do anything evil and all his actions are motives are completely pure. This principle, however, leads to many questions concerning the apparent suffering and wrong-doing that is prevalent in the world that this perfect being created. Where did evil come from. Also, how can evil exist when the only eternal entity is the perfect, sinless, ultimately good God. This question with the principle of God's sovereignty leads to even more difficult problems, including human responsibility and free will....   [tags: Christianity, Good, Evil] 771 words
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Transformation: Augustine's Journey to Christianity - You prompt us yourself to find satisfaction in appraising you, since you made us tilted toward you, and our heart is unstable until stabilized in you. Quintessentially, this quote from Confessions symbolizes Augustine’s perilous journey towards Christianity. Although appearing earlier in what is colloquially known as the “first autobiography”, Augustine expounds on this very idea throughout his writings. Whether that includes his attraction and disdain for Manichaeism or his affinity with Neo-Platonism, one could argue this quote acted as the foundation of his inquisitions of these pre-modern dogmatic sects....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Augustine and the Locus of Collective Memory - In the books X and XI of his Confessions, Augustine aims to tackle the intriguing questions of memory and time, respectively. His phenomenological as well as rigorous approach has attracted many later commentators. Also Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) can be taken as one of these, although Ricoeur’s angle is decisively distinct from that of Augustine’s – it can be said to represent a certain “hermeneutical rationality”. By using Ricoeur’s material as a springboard, this paper aims to examine both the possibility and the locus of collective memory (part I) as well as Ricoeur’s reply to Augustine’s challenging question “quid est enim tempus?” (part II)....   [tags: hermeneutical rationality, Paul Ricoeur]
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Augustine's Treatment on God in the Confessions - CONDIMENT OR INGREDIENT: AUGUSTINE’S TREATMENT ON GOD IN THE CONFESSIONS “The desire for God is written in the human heart”, the Catechism states (n.27). In one way or another, human beings try to pinpoint out the ultimate reality of things, i.e. the composition of the universe, its, purpose, its goal, etc. At some point, their painstaking search somehow leads them out to a reality which, or Who, can possibly be the definitive, decisive, relational, communicatory factor of everything “under the sun”....   [tags: God, Religion, Divine Revelation]
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The Confessions of Saint Augustine - Day after day, goals are set before us. Expectations for improvement or achievements. Objectives to accomplish tasks or simply to do nothing. Plans constructed to dictate how we are to live; how we are to speak, act, and think. These goals, whether consciously or subconsciously, are influenced by our worldviews. Throughout our lives, aims are in constant creation. Babies cry in order to secure the attention of the caretaker so that nutrients or a clean diaper may be obtain. Young children may fight over one another in hopes to play with a certain toys....   [tags: The God-Shaped Hole] 1359 words
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Western Christianity: Augustine Confessions - Augustine Confessions Augustine of Hippo was an early Christian philosopher who was born in what is now modern day Algeria and his writings have been a great influence on the development of Western Christianity. He was a bishop in the Hippo Regius of Roman Africa during the Patristic Era and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers of the West (Mendelson). In his famous writing “Confessions”, Augustine recounts the first 35 years of his life and tracks his spiritual development and acceptance of Christianity....   [tags: philosophy, god, skills] 763 words
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God's Relentless Pursuit of St. Augustine - There is a skit that is used in many Evangelical Christian circles such as churches, youth groups, and camps where there is a person sitting on a stool with Jesus beside them. The stool represents the power to make decisions in the life of the person. The person on the stool asks Jesus to take it from them, but he refuses and tells the person that they have to give it to him. The idea of the skit is to show God will always be there, pursuing the person, but the person has to be the one to decide to follow Christ....   [tags: the Confessions, philosophical analysis]
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St. Augustine: Thoughts on Good and Evil - Author Claudia Gray stated, “Self-knowledge is better than self-control any day” (Goodreads). Evil and sin exists in our world today and the temptation they bring bounds many human’s spiritual being. Finding the root of all evil is a hard and torturous concept to understand, but knowing one’s own free will helps bring understanding and deliverance from the evils of the world. Throughout the book Confessions Saint Augustine “ponders the concepts of evil and sin and searches the root of their being” (Augustine 15)....   [tags: religion, phylosophy, ]
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The Declassification of Faith: Viewpoints of Saint Augustine - Just as the Roman society began to fall into the hopelessness of philosophical skepticism, abandoning all pursuit of truth, the reputable Christian philosopher-theologian, Saint Augustine, reveals to the world in his book of Confessions, the hope of a foundational truth. Reflecting over the whole course of his life, Augustine honestly tells of all the mischief he caused as a child and the burdens of adulthood. He was smart and cunning as a boy, always being pressured by his father to excel in school where it was required for students to be proficient in reading and writing....   [tags: truth, writer, life, creative] 556 words
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Philosophies of Augustine, Descartes, Arendt on Morality - Philosophical musings on the nature of morality are often expressed by thinkers who focus on human nature. Among the factors which determine human behaviour, a moral analysis of the concepts of right and wrong is often prominent. In investigating human behaviour through the relationship between reflection and action, this morality is often observed. Therefore, in the course currently entitled Human Sciences 101: Reflection and Action, both phiolosophy and morality are key themes. However, the calendar description for the course is as follows, “What is the relationship between thinking and action....   [tags: reflection, action, morality] 1413 words
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Perception of God and Evil by Augustine of Hippo - Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is among the most influential thinkers in Christianity. He contributed a great number of ideas and notions to Christian theology that would have lasting effect on belief systems in Christian churches. One of his most notable contributions is the notion of “original sin” and his concept of “evil.” These notions evolved over the years. Augustine traces their evolution in his Confessions, a thirteen-volume autobiography he wrote when he was in his forties. An essential part of Confessions is Augustine’s conversion to Christianity and his evolving understanding of good and evil....   [tags: manichaeism, good and evil, christianity]
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St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Theologian - St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, was one of the greatest theologians of his time. He is still regarded in the highest manner. He was raised in a divided home, but through time he found the truth. He was always a superb student. He fully mastered Latin; however, he never grasped Greek. He was also very crafty in speech - a black-belt of rhetoric if you will. After his teenage flings and rebellions, he found a heretical sect in which he became involved for a while. He traveled and landed in Milan for a while where he met the bishop....   [tags: Biography]
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St. Augustine: A Man of Great Genius - Throughout the ages, there have been countless influences on not only social and political life, but on religious character and prevalence as well. Aurelius Augustine, who would eventually rise to the position of bishop in the early Catholic Church, was one of the most interesting characters that would surely leave his mark on the Roman Empire, especially in the few decades before the western part of the empire was to be taken over by Germanic tribes from the North. Perhaps, his most influential characteristic that history still records today, was his striking tenacity to preserve the Christian religion as it was ‘supposed’ to be and to spread that influence to all who walked the earth....   [tags: Theologians ]
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The Movie American Beauty and Augustine Confessions - A stereotype of life is that when people are teenagers they go through a phase where they test the waters with their parents and start to rebel a bit. The teenager thinks he/she is all-knowing, which would be impressive since philosophers grasp for wisdom all of their lives, and think what their parents tell them is not relevant. The story in movies usually ends with the teenager having a revelation or growing up and realizing his parent’s were right and gains respect and love for them. In a sense he comes back home, which reflects the story of the Prodigal’s Son (Luke 15) in the Bible....   [tags: stereotypes, teenagers]
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Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions - Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions (398 C.E.) is a theological autobiography, what we would call today a conversion story. The book is an apologia, which means it is both a confession of faith as well as an account of a life. It is meant to be a testimony of faith and a defense of Christian doctrine. The book is not a biography in our modern sense of the term. The book is about the birth of faith. This is the heart of the book. Through the telling of his own life story -- the indiscretions of his youth, his experiment with Manichaeism, the birth of a child out of wedlock, his father Patrick who converted to Christianity only at his death bed, the persistent hope of his Christian mother M...   [tags: autobiography, apologia]
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Augustine's Confessions Paper - When one reads the word "confessions," one would not necessarily associate it with the word "narrative." Confessions seem to be more of something stated directly without any story-like element. They are also a more personal thing- one does not simply put them in a story form unless purposely intending to do so, because usually it is something that expresses guilt for something personal or is between the author and their conscience (or perhaps to themselves). However, there can always be an exception, like Augustine's Confessions....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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St. Augustine’s Pursuit of Solace - St. Augustine’s Pursuit of Solace In his autobiography, Confessions, Augustine gives a chronological, emotional, and religious based account of his journey in life as he progresses from his youth to adulthood. The various life experiences that occupy Augustine throughout his progression in life leave a lasting imprint on his personal beliefs. As such Augustine changes his character slowly from book to book. From his youth to his early twenties, Augustine pursues a hedonistic lifestyle in which he only pays attention to his bodily desires, and thus he unknowingly neglects the needs of his soul....   [tags: Autobiography Review] 1491 words
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The Two Kinds of Evil According to Augustine - God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, which makes us wonder what kind of morally sufficient reason justifies God to allow evil. We know that evil exists in our world, but so does God, so would God be the source of evil as well as good. We have established that God is the omnipotent and benevolent free creator of the world, but suffering and evil exist. Is God unable to prevent evil. If so, he would not be omnipotent. Is He able to prevent the evil in our world but unwilling. If this were then case then he wouldn’t be benevolent....   [tags: God, Moral evil, natural evil]
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The Problem of Evil accoding to Saint Augustine - ... Saint Augustine spent a good portion of his life addressing the question of where evil came from, the reason and source of its existence. The first solution to the problem of evil Augustine came across was presented to him by the Manichees. Augustine was “a 'hearer' among the Manichees for nine years” (Melchert, pp. 230). Manicheanism was a cult that rose in the earliest centuries lead by a Persian named Mani. Combining Christianity with Zoroastrianism, their beliefs were incredibly influential to early Christians....   [tags: all-good, god, worls, christians] 615 words
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Theology and Christianity: The Works of Augustine and Pelagius - Augustine and Pelagius were two of the great fourth century theologians who’s work has an effect on the theology of Christianity today which centers in the areas of original sin and free will. Sin can be defined as anything that does not express or conform to the holy character of God. The issue of sin is not in its definition it is in the origin. Augustine and Pelagius were two people with two different views of the origin of sin. Pelagius, was a British faithful monk who claimed that we came into the world with a free will....   [tags: god, evil, sin, freedom] 1510 words
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St. Augustine Accepts Platonic Concept - ... We know that things are beautiful because it participates in the Form of Beauty. In Plato’s words, “if there is anything beautiful besides the Beautiful itself, it is beautiful for no other reason than that it shares in that Beautiful.” This Form of Beauty is invisible, eternal, and unchanging, unlike the things in the visible world that change and lose their beauty. The Theory of Forms envisions a whole world of things such as these, a world that exists outside of time and space. This is where Beauty, Justice, Courage, Temperance, and other things like it exist, where they remain untarnished by the changes and imperfections of the visible world....   [tags: philosophy, Christian Platonist, Confessions] 764 words
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Augustine on Death - Augustine on Death Death is a very natural occurrence in life, and everyone experiences death differently, but yet in the same way. When Augustine was a young boy his father died, and he makes a small account of this in the Confessions. Later on in life, he loses a dear friend, and his loving mother. With time, he mentally matures and death affects Augustine differently each time. The death of his father was merely mentioned in the Confessions, while the death of Monica, his mother, was an elaborate detailed account of the time of her death....   [tags: Papers] 1185 words
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Confessions by Augustine - Confessions by Augustine Truth and piety are two terms Augustine illustrates throughout his book Confessions. There are two types of truth: the truth found in God, but also the truth found in oneself. The truth found in and through God is quite obvious throughout the whole book. The other requires the reader to search deeply in the text. Augustine feels that if you develop self knowledge, then you can find truth. You have to be true to yourself and God. With self knowledge, you can reveal your true beliefs and pursuit in a religion that is fit for you....   [tags: Papers] 766 words
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Augustine And Love - How does Augustine define love. Augustine states continuously that he was not yet in love, but was in love with love. This statement doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t believe that someone can be in love with something, if he or she doesn’t understand what love is. “I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need.” (pg. 35) How can Augustine hate himself if he doesn’t know what loves feel like. I think a lot of Augustine’s statements about love are interesting....   [tags: essays research papers] 995 words
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Augustine And Conversion - Augustine and Conversion Conversion can best be defined as surrendering a particular way of life in order to accept another. The very nature of this process indicates the presence of sacrifice. The convert acts almost entirely on faith, giving up the life that seemed right, a life in which they were comfortable, relying only on the assumption that letting Jesus into their hearts will give their life more meaning and direction then what they had known before. Augustine says that conversion requires cooperation of intellect and emotion, which may have a crippling effect of habit on will, and a need for God’s grace to have an unhampered will....   [tags: essays research papers] 583 words
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Augustine and Freedom - Augustine and Freedom Evil-doing is neglect of eternal things and love of temporal things to the extent of becoming subject to them. This is done by the free choice of the will . . . Free will makes sin possible but it was given that man might live righteously.1 This is a brief summary of what Augustine believed regarding (1) the origin of sin and (2) the purpose for which humanity was endowed with free choice of the will. Though insightful as it may seem, Augustine's statement will not set to rest all the issues raised by the notion of human freedom and divine activity, since with free choice of the will come perplexing questions that continue to rage in philoso...   [tags: Papers] 4201 words
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TFF: True Friends Forever: Childhood Friend vs. Nebridius - ... Augustine writes, “For I had lured him from the true faith, which he had held in a thoroughly immature conviction, to the superstitious and baneful fables which my mother deplored in me” (The Confessions, Book IV, paragraph 7). Augustine and his childhood friend held the attitude of many young people trying to get away from their parents and community, rebelling against the faith and teachings of those that raised them. Augustine was one of those rebellious adolescents insistent on finding his own way in life and faith; the problem comes as he influences his friend to come with him on his journey....   [tags: The Confessions, Augustine]
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Justice as Defined by Augustine and Aristotle - Justice as Defined by Augustine and Aristotle “Justice removed, then, what are kingdoms but great bands of robbers?” (Augustine, The City of God against the Pagans, p. 147[1]). Augustine makes quite a claim here. The presence or absence of “justice,” he implies, can make or break a great kingdom. What is this justice that Augustine speaks of. Is it the philosopher kings that define Plato’s “just city[2],” or perhaps Aristotle’s “good life[3]”. Augustine approaches the challenge of defining justice in a different, but not necessarily contradictory way, than his predecessors....   [tags: The City of God against the Pagans]
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Augustine of Hipo's Ideas of Creation and Time in The Confessions - Augustine of Hippo writes extensively on his life, conversion, and learning in his spiritual autobiography The Confessions. After detailing his conversion, however, Augustine begins to explore topics of particular interest to him as a philosopher and theologian. One of the greatest reflections Augustine writes is contained in Book XI of The Confessions, in which Augustine reflects on the ideas of eternity and time. In this Book, Augustine addresses the concept of eternity, and how to define what is eternal and what is not....   [tags: autobiography, genesis, convertion]
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Augustine´s View on the Origins of Sin, Grace, and Free Will - Augustine uses the genre of an autobiography to demonstrate his thoughts on how he ultimately accepted Christianity and his development as a Christian in his work, Confessions. The beauty of his book is that even though it is presented as an autobiography, the events depicted show the mysterious yet graceful acts of God and his journey through those very events. He presented many ideas, but focused primarily on his ideas of the origins of sin, grace, and free will. In some ways, Augustine describes a free will that cannot be understood without considering the nature of sin and grace....   [tags: christianity, catholicism, autobiography] 1195 words
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St. Augustine's Conversion to Christianity - St. Augustine's Conversion to Christianity Aurelius Augustinius, St. Augustine, was born in 354 A.D. in Tagaste, a town in North Africa. Born just over a century before the fall of Rome, Augustine would live his entire life within the Roman empire. Augustine was a great Christian thinker and wrote numerous works which survive today, and offer us a vivid glimpse into the period. His works and thoughts on Christ, the nature of God, the role of the Church, and myriad other topics, shaped much of medieval thought....   [tags: Papers] 1117 words
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Addressing the Problem of Evil in On Free Choice of the Will by Augustine - In “On Free Choice of the Will”, Augustine indicates the importance of his beliefs and opinions of human nature and of God. He thinks as greatly of God as possible and centralizes his thoughts of goodness with the concept of being/form (God); he also gives a description of how God’s rightness can be interpreted clearly through the evil doings of the world. One of the biggest and most difficult problems facing people is the problem of doing evil. If God is being, unchanging, eternal and all-powerful, then how is it that people do evil....   [tags: philosophy, god, sin]
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The Two Visions Of St. Augustine - A common thread of faith and reason runs through the two different theological visions of St. Augustine in his Confessions. This can be seen by comparing the ascent, the vision, the descent, and language in the two visions. Although other parts of the text will be referred to, the central part of these visions are as follows:Vision 1: "... in an instant of awe, my mind attained to the sight of the God who IS. Then, at last, I caught sight of your invisible nature, as it is known through your creatures....   [tags: essays research papers] 1061 words
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augustine - Augustine "I loved the happy life but I feared to find it in Your house and so I ran from it even as I sought after it. I thought that I would be miserable if I were kept from a woman's arms. I did not believe that a cure for this disease lay in Your mercy; I had no experience of such a cure. I believed that continence was within a man's own powers, though I was unaware of such a power within me. I was a fool and did not know - as it is written [in Scripture] - that no man can be continent unless You grant it to him....   [tags: essays research papers] 1535 words
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St Augustine and classical education - Saint Augustine and Classical Education In Saint Augustine’s deeply personal work, Confessions, he shares the story of his life up to his eventual conversion to the Christian faith. His odyssey through life is, at times, one of bitter inner conflict between his intellect and faith. Augustine’s classical education had a profound affect on the way he viewed the world, and eventually had a major affect on the way he approached Christianity. He is definitely an “intellectual” Christian, and viewed many aspects of his faith from this perspective....   [tags: essays research papers] 1028 words
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The Two Forms of Love in the City of God by St. Augustine - The City of God “Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord.” (14.28) Love, in a present-day definition is normally a good thing. According to the brilliant St. Augustine, that would depend on the nature of the love in understanding. In his book, The City of God, Augustine skillfully drew upon two loves: on one hand, a love which is holy: agape, unselfish love, and on the other hand a love which is unholy: distorted love of self; selfishness....   [tags: love, god, holy, self] 1359 words
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Using Teachings of Augustine to Examine Life - "We who carry our mortality about with us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the proud." (Augustine 39) This quote from the first book of Saint Augustine's "The Confessions" is a reflection of how Augustine brought Pagan meaning to interpret Christianity as a part of his life. In fact, it has direct correlation to the Holy Bible in the first letter of Peter: "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (Peter 5:5) The parallel that lies between these two quotes is a manifestation of the parallel that lies between Augustine and Paul's theology....   [tags: World Cultures] 1124 words
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Augustine Medical, Inc. - Augustine Medical, Inc. Introduction ( Background and Situation) Augustine Medical, Inc. was founded by Dr. Scott Augustine, an anesthesiologist from Minnesota, in 1987. The company was created to develop and market products for hospital operating rooms and postoperative recovery rooms. The company provides innovative solutions to combat postoperative conditions such as hypothermia. Medical research indicates that 60 to 80 percent of all postoperative recovery room patients are clinically hypothermic....   [tags: Business Management Case Study Essays, solution] 1890 words
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Saint Augustine’s View on Sexuality - Saint Augustine’s View on Sexuality The famous bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine, is claimed as a cornerstone of Christian theology by both Catholics and Protestants. Many of his views are regarded by Christians as authoritative interpretations of the Bible because they have withstood heated debate throughout the centuries. Christians ought to ask, however, whether such allegiance is justifiable in all cases. Augustine's idea of sex after matrimony, for example, is very narrow, restricting actions and emotions married Christians today consider part of the beauty of intercourse....   [tags: Religion]
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Plato and Augustine’s Conceptions of Happiness - Both Plato and Augustine offer unusual conceptions of what one must acquire to live a truly happy life. While the conventional view of happiness normally pertains to wealth, financial stability, and material possessions, Plato and Augustine suggest that true happiness is rooted in something independent of objects or people. Though dissimilar in their notions of that actual root, each respective philosophy views the attaining of that happiness as a path, a direction. Plato’s philosophy revolves around the attainment of eternal knowledge and achieving a metaphysical balance....   [tags: Philosophy Essays ]
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Comparing St. Augustine's and Jonathan Edwards' Views on the Origin of Sin - The origin of sin into the world is a theological topic that many theologians have expressed their views and thoughts. Of course, it is interesting for the theologians to guide the believers on how sin got into the world. This helps the believers in making cautious and informed decisions that may not lead them to wrong directions leading to sin. Although many theologians have given their views on this topic, my paper seeks to analyze comparatively the views of Saint Augustine and Jonathan Edwards....   [tags: religious phylosophy and beliefs]
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Saint Augustine’s Confessions Outline - Saint Augustine’s Confessions Outline This paper will outline specific points in Saint Augustine’s Confessions that highlight religious views following the fall of Rome. Though Augustines views on religion may not reflect that of most people in his time period, it still gives valuable insight into how many, namely Neoplatonists,, viewed God and his teachings. I. Book I a. Attributes of God Augustines first book is devoted to his early childhood and his reflections on human origin, memory, and desire....   [tags: Religion Religious] 1158 words
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