What are some differences between Augustine's Confessions and Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in relation to the themes of spirituality and religion, and moral and societal obligation?

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While Chaucer criticizes and ironically satirizes spirituality and religion because he sees that the Church of his day has grown corrupt and wrong-minded (not because he ceased to be a believer in God and the Christ of Christianity), Augustine speaks of the difference between good and evil. Augustine posits that evil is the absence of good, the perversion of good. While Chaucer points out what is wrong in religions ans spirituality without offering a cause for the corruption (as he assumes an agreed upon cause of unholiness), Augustine identifies the cause as the absence and perversion of good.

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