St. Augustine and Salvation
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This paper examines the life and beliefs of St. Augustine from a Christian perspective. First, the paper traces his background before and as he embraced Christianity.Then, it describes his rejection of other philosophical outlooks. Much discussion is given to St. Augustine's struggle with the body versus the spirit and his view of free will over predestination. The paper concludes by analyzing St. Augustine's conversion.
From the Paper:"When he was a young man, Augustine prayed to God to make him good--but not yet. This famous statement of Augustine is often seen as a dramatic depiction of how someone with a spiritual orientation can be lead awry by the physical cravings and of the body. But this prayer shows that Augustine did not simply act poorly, but that his sincere wish to be good and his internal moral compass was lacking. He was incapable of moral behavior and good, self-restrained actions because his will was half-hearted and weak."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Augustine. "Confessions." Christian Classics Ethereal Library. 11 Nov 2008. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/augustine/confessions.xi.html
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