The Moral Conversion Of Augustine's Book 8 Of Confessions

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In book 8 of Confessions it divulges the story of the moral conversion of Augustine written in 386 AD (Russo 14). In the beginning of the book it starts by explaining how Augustine obtained knowledge from the books of the epistles of St. Paul and the Platonists. Despite being aware that God is real, and is the supreme being of righteousness and power, he still ambivalent of it being not sufficient. In the book, he struggles with recognizing the contrast in logically being aware of something and following the bible by living a righteous life. For example, in the book it states “there is a difference between knowing what is good and going the good” (Russo 14). Later, he had an epiphany that the reason he cannot discover the difference between…show more content…
Also, he learned from speaking with Alypius in the garden that refusing to accept Jesus as his savior will lead him into a destructive path (Russo 15). After having a conversation with Alypius, he feels remorseful and ashamed of his behavior because he was not able to resist his immoral habits of participating in sex, obtaining wealth, and power, and chasing fame (Russo 16). Moreover, he questioned if he was capable of not indulging in of those immoral activities. As a result, he is uncertain if he is able of accepting Jesus Christ as his savior, and live a righteous life. In fact, in an attempt to justify his actions, Augustine believes that if he was not able to refrain from his mundane, sinful habits then God, and Jesus are “the ultimate source of delight” (Russo 17). While in the garden, feeling despair by his actions, and not being able to forsake his immoral lifestyle, he begins self-harming by ripping his hair out of his head and crying out because of his lack of self-control (Russo…show more content…
Or alternatively, diverge to the path of accepting Jesus Christ as his savior; thus, living a modest life and abandoning the need for materials and pubic status (Russo 17). Later, Augustine finds himself asking and being able to answer the question, if will he be able to accept his new epiphany or remain practicing the same immoral lifestyle, due to lack of self-discipline? While sobbing in the garden, he felt the urge to relinquish his earthly desires, and follow the path of goodness, and righteousness. This all occurred when he heard a voice of a child saying “pick up and read, pick up and read” (Russo 18). Augustine took the voice of the child as divine intervention to read, and follow his bible; consequently, he began reading a scripture about the commandment against lewdness. Upon reading the scripture in the bible, he was able to convert to Christianity instantaneously because he felt that it was a message to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in its lust” (Russo

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