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Confessions

A striking thing about Augustine's Confessions is how relevant it is to many aspects of modern or contemporary thought, and the view of the self is one of these. One current theoretical and...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 11:06 pm UTC

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St. Augustine believes that human beings cannot find inner peace apart from God because of his belief that God created human nature. In his account, human beings were made to seek God and find...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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Book VIII of this classic text tells the story of St. Augustine's conversion, and how he managed to conquer any remnants of internal resistance to embracing Christianity and following Christ....

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 3:30 pm UTC

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Augustine believed that the self existed in two parts: the body and the soul. The body existed physically in the world and was subject to physical needs and desires. The soul, on the other hand,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020 11:27 am UTC

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The Confessions of St. Augustine ranks as one of the more important books in the history of religion and literature for both its content and its formal innovations. In terms of form, it is the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 9:26 am UTC

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In St. Augustine's Confessions, Augustine explores his own journey to faith and in particular his own growing understanding of God and how he should respond as a result of who God is and what he...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013 7:11 am UTC

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Aurelius Augustinus, commonly known as St. Augustine, was a fourth-century teacher of rhetoric, philosopher, and Christian theologian of Roman African decent. He was born and died in Algeria but...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 8:47 am UTC

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For Augustine, the self only has meaning in relation to God. Individuals can forge an identity of sorts apart from God, as Augustine himself did in his younger days, but it's not a self in the true...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 8:13 am UTC

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Book VI of this autobiographical text concerns the issue of sex and women, and how Augustine had to change his views from being a young man in love with women and sex to agreeing to adapt his...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 3:45 pm UTC

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For Augustine, one's whole life is marked by sin. It is inevitable, therefore, that if one wishes to tell one's life story—write an autobiography—then it will contain a good many examples of sinful...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020 4:12 pm UTC

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The Greek term "hamartia" which is translated as "sin" in English becomes "peccare" or "errare" in Latin. In antiquity, it still had its etymological sense of "to stray" or "to wander from a path";...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012 8:25 pm UTC

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It is clear that St. Augustine is gradually changing his views about everything in life through the course of his life story. Book VI in particular takes as its theme the subject of love and women,...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 3:37 pm UTC

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The most obvious similarity between the two works is that both describe a pilgrimage, but a closer investigation reveals significant differences. Confessions describes a spiritual pilgrimage toward...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012 5:31 pm UTC

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First, you should note that Garry Wills is not actually the author of this book. Saint Augustine wrote his Confessions in Latin between 397 and 400 AD. Garry Wills is one of several writers who...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 10:13 pm UTC

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A central motif in Augustine's Confessions is mind-body dualism. This was strongly influenced by Plato, who was the dominant influence on pagan philosophy in late antiquity. As Augustine's Greek...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 11:41 pm UTC

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When Augustine arrived in Carthage at the age of 16 to pursue advanced rhetorical studies, he was deeply troubled by lust. He fell into a period in which he was, according to his 'Confessions'...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 7:25 am UTC

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