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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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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] 1939 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’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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Augustine's Confessions - Augustine's Confessions The content of my paper will be an analysis of Augustine’s Confessions. I will focus on the first nine chapters of the book. First, I will write an introductory page about Augustine. Second, I will explain why Augustine wrote the Confessions and the importance of the Confessions as a philosophical work. I will analyze Augustine’s view of God and show the main theme of his book, which is, the sovereign God of grace and the sovereign grace of God. I will focus on Augustine’s view of God and His grace....   [tags: Papers] 1109 words
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Confessions - Saint Augustine’s book Confessions talks about how increasing your knowledge through reading leads you through a “conversion” in which you begin to recall things and their relevance through memory. Socrates stresses the concept of increasing knowledge as a way to grow. Socrates also was the one who wanted to have a “field day” teaching Saint Augustine. Saint Augustine uses his life to display to us the way one’s quest for God should be like. He believed that one must begin their journey by first reading about God through books such as the Bible....   [tags: Saint Augustine Confessions Book Review Analysis] 1254 words
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Augustine's Confessions Paper - ... And finally through his story, use his conversion and change as a way to praise God to show that even someone who "strayed off" the path was able to redeem themselves and how merciful and good God is to accept someone even as sinful as he was. To bring this all together, Augustine uses details and parallels between some biblical references to furthermore bring out this narrative-style writing and make it interesting to read. For example, when Augustine is in Milan sitting under the fig tree, he was heavily troubled and was laying prostrate under the tree until he had an epiphany of the clarity and purpose that he was seeking (Merriman 1)....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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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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Love and Duty in Virgil’s Aeneid and Augustine’s Confessions - ... Augustine considers his greatest sin to be the sin of lust. He is held fast by the chains of love and its physical pleasures. Augustine says that his “one delight was to love and be loved” (Augustine 1118). As an adolescent he “could not distinguish the white light of love from the fog of lust” (Augustine 1118). There is a difference between love and lust. Love is pure and noble; lust is a base desire. Augustine went to study at Carthage, “where a cauldron of illicit loves leapt and boiled about [him]” (Augustine 1121)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Cervantes’ Don Quixote and St. Augustine’s Confessions - Cervantes’ Don Quixote and St. Augustine’s Confessions Christianity teaches that in order to be able to truly serve God, one must give up worldly pleasures, which are deemed selfish. Throughout literature, many authors touch on this subject, some in very direct manners. Such is the case in Cervantes’ Don Quixote and St. Augustine’s Confessions. In excerpts from each, the narrator describes how he had undergone a change from relishing in worldly and selfish activities to renouncing such immoral pleasures in order to follow the moral path to God....   [tags: Cervantes St.Augustine quixote Essays] 1044 words
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St. Augustine’s Confessions and The Bhagavad Gita - Confessions vs. Gita When ancient people look to understand religion, it is easier for them to relate to a higher power, also known as a god. Throughout the world and through time, there have been hundreds of different religions that have been established, and in the writings by people of these various groups there are often stories about conversation with the gods. This helps other people in understanding and conforming to the same beliefs. Two of such examples of this style of analyzing what gods are, are found in St....   [tags: essays research papers] 554 words
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Excessive of Self-restraint in Saint Augustine’s Confessions - Excessive of Self-restraint in Saint Augustine’s Confessions When it comes to renunciation, "no pain, no gain" is what I've slowly, reluctantly, inexorably come to believe. And when Pete opted for scholarly monkhood, I think he was just trying to outsmart his pain. . . . He'd calculated that by considering the physical world "illusory" and burying his nose in metaphysical texts he could go on doing something comfortable--while his ignorance and sufferings and hometown and troublesome family just fell away like so much excess poundage....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]
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Misrepresentation of Love - ... He is of an intangible and unfathomable realm, capable of being everywhere and nowhere. He has no limitations of body, mind, matter, or time because He is of the purely spiritual world. Furthermore, any attempt to pin God down to the physical realm, be it through language, description, or other means, distorts one’s conception of God. While these things might be helpful to help one to begin to fathom God’s nature, one must be careful to remember that God’s nature is not within these words and descriptions....   [tags: Analysis, St. Augustine’s Confessions] 1879 words
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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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Confessions For the Rest of Us - ... Augustine went to great lengths to achieve this image, especially in the commencement of his narration. He begins by hyperbolizing his sin even in childhood stating, “At the time of my infancy, I must have acted reprehensibly” (Augustine 9), and continues this pattern of self-degradation throughout, not out of false humility, but to prove to his audience that he was not born a saint. Augustine spends greater time than necessary covering his ‘sin’ of stealing pears (Augustine 29-34), an act that most would consider a childish prank, and his sexual desires (in which he certainly was not the greatest sinner of his time) not only to explore the nature of transgression but also to build his reputation (or lack of it) with his reader (Augustine 24-28)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, God, Augustine of Hippo ] 993 words
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Confessions - Augustine titled his deeply philosophical and theological autobiography Confessions to implicate two aspects of the form the work would take. To confess, in Augustine's time, meant both to give an account of one's faults to God and to praise God (to speak one's love for God). These two aims come together in the Confessions in an elegant but complex sense: Augustine narrates his ascent from sinfulness to faithfulness not simply for the practical edification of his readers, but also because he believes that narrative to be itself a story of God's greatness and of the fundamental love all things have for Him....   [tags: essays research papers] 1003 words
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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 before the work, and, after the work, a seventeen-page bibliography, and ten-page index....   [tags: Augustine Hippo] 1540 words
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Augustines Confessions - Augustine’s Confession Augustine on his own view stole the fruit for the mere enjoyment of the sin and theft that the stealing involved. He says in (II,4) “Behold, now let my heart tell you what it looked for there, that I should be evil without purpose and there should be no cause for my evil, but evil itself. Foul was the evil, and I loved it.'; Augustine knew that what he was doing at the time of the crime but he did not care to think about the outcome of his actions....   [tags: essays research papers] 1392 words
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Augustines "confessions" - Augustine's "Confessions" A philosophical question faces Christians, and in fact all theists, that challenges the belief in God. To theists, God is an omnipotent, perfect God. He is good. Theists accept this, and embrace it, for how else can they worship God and give their lives to Him unless He is good. However, n this world evil is constantly seen all around us. Because God is the author of all things in this world, and he is good, theists must then ask themselves what evil is and where it came from....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Plato and Augustine’s Conceptions of Happiness - 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....   [tags: Plato Augustine Happiness Essays Philosophy]
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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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Augustine and the Problem of Evil from a Christian Basis - 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: Augustine Evil Religion Christianity Essays]
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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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St. Augustine - ... However, he stayed with the sect for nine years. He then began looking for a religion that would be philosophically relevant. Augustine began to travel with his teaching career. He went to Carthage where he taught rhetoric. The custom of the day was to pay at the end of the year after the student had received all the instruction. Because of this custom, Augustine got cheated out of his money. Therefore he left and went to Rome. In Rome, he became a professor of rhetoric again. In Rome he could watch debates and other things of this sort....   [tags: Biography]
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Saint Augustine - Many consider Saint Augustine of Hippo a main figure in the development of orthodox Christian doctrine during the early Christian Church. Augustine was born in Northern Africa in AD 354. His father was a pagan and his mother a Christian. Though his parents were not extremely well to do, they had enough money to allow Augustine to obtain an education in the liberal arts. This education will eventually affect how he sees Christianity, especially concerning the use of neo-Platonic ideas in Christian theology....   [tags: Biography] 1501 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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Transformation: Augustine's Journey to Christianity - ... With respect to that, not only does it introduce him to God’s benevolence, it instructs him on how to change his daily prayer routines, and even, his fervor towards loving God. In addition, Hortensius also altered Augustine’s perception of philosophy, as it instructs him to use his passion for knowledge as a means of advancing his effort towards understanding God. Although Augustine’s finds a renewed sense of intellectual purpose through the ideas conveyed in Hortensius, it only fuels his need to broaden his knowledge, so much to the point where his first contact with dogmatism is realized....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Saint Augustine - Saint Augustine was born on 354 CE in Tagaste, Africa. His given name was Aurelius Augustinus. His father was Patricius, a pagan who was baptized Christian before he died, and his mother was Monica, a baptized Christian with an influential role in the life of her son. Augustine is regarded as one of the most intelligent Christian theologians and bishops of all time. His works and actions have left a major imprint on the Church and its doctrine. As a boy, Augustine was not baptized and grew up in the Roman Empire....   [tags: essays research papers] 973 words
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Saint Augustine - Saint Augustine Saint Augustine, b. Nov. 13, 354, d. Aug. 28, 430, was one of the foremost philosopher-theologians of early Christianity and, while serving (396-430) as bishop of Hippo Regius, the leading figure in the church of North Africa. He had a profound influence on the subsequent development of Western thought and culture and, more than any other person, shaped the themes and defined the problems that have characterized the Western tradition of Christian Theology. Among his many writings considered classics, the two most celebrated are his semi-autobiographical Confessions, which contains elements of Mysticism, and City of God, a Christian vision of history....   [tags: Papers] 704 words
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St. Augustine - Saint Augustine of Hippo Theologians, Biblical scholars and Christians all over the world often wrestle with two extremely important questions about their faith. These questions are, "What is God like?" and "How should we live in response to God?" Some feel that we need others to direct us, some feel we need them to challenge us, but everyone agrees that we need others. That is exactly how Saint Augustine struggles to find his faith and beliefs. He found it extremely difficult to come with a conclusion when it was staring at him straight in the face, but just as he did, we draw up our own conclusions with the guidance of others....   [tags: essays research papers] 919 words
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Freely Choosing Between the Divided House - ... However, by turning to those things with the wrong reason may have caused The First Sin, the devil choosing himself over God. Free will was given to angels and with that the devil first sinned. A sin not caused by anything but rather a deficient cause (having no good being in it). To better understand this concept let us consider the following example: a mother gave her son a car out of love and desire that her son will use it for good. Unfortunately, he, being full of pride, takes advantage of this privilege, drives recklessly, crashes the car, and gets himself paralyzed....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Augustine] 2232 words
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St. Augustine: A Man of Great Genius - ... It was this Augustine who was confused, and such a bewildered being that would procreate a child with a concubine, no less. What is astonishing for such a man who was lost in both his faith and his emotions, was his ability to latch onto his wits long enough to make it through rhetorical college, before his spiraling aspirations of faith would make the best of him. His first religious adventure, as he could not grasp his mother’s piety, was his adherence to Manichaeism. This teaching can be described as “envisaging the world as the product of a struggle between two co-equal and co-eternal powers of Light and Darkness—a struggle which would not be ended until the end of time, when both would be finally separated and the world destroyed in a great conflagration” (Bonner 1963, 58)....   [tags: Theologians ]
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St. Augustin - From the analysis of St. Augustine Confessions and Beowulf, it is clear that the two authors, St. Augustine and the poet respectively, differ on their views of death, which helps to paint a better picture of the world that each writer lived in. In Augustine's writings, death plays a major role in life; it serves as the stepping stone to a greater existence in heaven. In Augustine's world, Christianity and God both play an important role in how death is viewed. In the poets writings we see a different perspective, one in which the time you spend on earth is of great importance; very little thought is given to life after death....   [tags: essays research papers] 1249 words
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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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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 Works Cited Missing 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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The Self-hatred of Kochan in Confessions of a Mask - The Self-hatred of Kochan in Confessions of a Mask In his semi-autobiographical novel, Confessions of a Mask, Yukio Mishima examines the struggle for acceptance by a man living outside of the socially accepted norms. A motif that strongly pervades this novel is death and the images of blood associated with it. Kochan, a Japanese adolescent living in post-war Japan, struggles with his homosexuality and his desire to be "normal." In order to survive, he must hide behind a mask of propriety. At a young age, Kochan shows signs of being attracted to male beauty....   [tags: Confessions Mask Essays] 712 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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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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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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Confession of the Jews and First Confession - Confession of the Jews and First Confession In comparing the books "Confession of the Jews" and "First Confession", I have found there to be similarities and differences. For example, "First Confession" deals with a boy converting from a boy to a young man by going to confession and telling his sins for the first time. "Conversion of the Jews" deals with converting a boy into someone he has never really seen which was a free thinker which only older people usually do. In "Conversion of the Jews" Ozzie, who was the main character, had a problem with getting along with the priest Rabbi Binder at Hebrew School....   [tags: Confession of the Jews Essays] 1127 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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