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St. Augustine, The Confessions (Book II)
This paper analyzes St. Augustine, The Confessions (Book II) from a legal and moral point of view.
# 6159 | 1,020 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2001 | US

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This paper discusses St. Augustine's sin of stealing the pears and what made him do so. It details the commentary on this, what was going through St. Augustine's head, and what were the consequences of his act. It describes how St. Augustine became one of the greatest doctors of the Catholic Church and details his great achievements despite this incident.

From the Paper:

"St. Augustine's account of his stealing the pears is a starkly honest confrontation of his "and man's" wretchedness without God. He freely admits that stealing is against God's law, which is inherently etched in the heart of man, a law which not even sin can erase. Nonetheless, man steals -- and Augustine stole those pears, not out of want for something to eat or any other need for them, nor for the desire to own the fruits because of their exceptional quality, such as color or taste. Augustine writes that he stole simply because he "lusted to thieve" (p 4 par 4). He revealed that the act came out of being habituated to sin, "a pamperedness of iniquity." (p 4 par 4), which inclined him to no other pattern of acts but the wrong ones. He said it exactly and clearly but in repentance, that it was out of a joy for the evil that he sinned by stealing: "It was foul, and I loved it." (p 5 par 1). It was doing something wrong for the preference and enjoyment of evil."

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