Analysis Of Augustine's Confessions

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Human nature causes a desire to run away from places and people full of love, into a life that is empty in all ways, and go running back to the open arms of loved ones once self-preservation runs out. This idea of running away and returning was used in the Bible to exemplify man running away from God with selfish ambition only to return to a God with His arms wide open, welcoming the son back home and treating him as though he had never left. In his Confessions Augustine shares his personal Prodigal Son moment, the journey that led him away from, then back to, his Creator. Such is a journey that most individuals find themselves on at one point or another, leaving and then returning to his or her Creator. Augustine remarks that he sees man as seeking what gives him glory rather than what brings glory to God. When talking about self Augustine shares that he enjoyed studying Latin in school simply because it came easy to him, not because it brought glory to God. As he grew, he was, in the eyes of his society, an upstanding citizen, he did nothing inherently wrong. However, Augustine believes he did considerable wrong; rather than living for and seeking after the Lord, he was living for and seeking after his own desires. These claims exemplify mankind’s tendency to turn its back on its beliefs and the One in whom they…show more content…
The death leaves Augustine feeling lost and broken and he cries out “He has become a great problem to himself” (Page 57). This pivotal time in his life caused him to begin the journey back home, back to his Lord and Creator. He begins to meet with a man name Ambrose who convinces Augustine that the Bible may be more rational and valuable than he once thought. Under the mentorship of Ambrose Augustine begins to question his faith and return back to his Catholic

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