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Plato And Augustine Vs. Augustine

- ... For Augustine, God is what is central to his worldview. Augustine writes “…there is no sin of any kind which, though committed every day, is not remitted…” and “Therefore, be they [sins] of any kind or magnitude whatever, be they perpetrated daily and never abandoned or subdued in this life, they can be pardoned, they presume, through als-deeds.” (City of God, 52-53). As a Christian, Augustine believes that all humans have sin, and sin is what condemns people to hell. However, God, in his mercy, forgives people from their sin....   [tags: God, Trinity, Augustine of Hippo, Existence]

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Augustine's Thoughts on Free Will

- One thing that philosophers are great at is asking big questions, usually without providing answers. However, Saint Augustine has a more direct approach to his speculation, often offering a solution to the questions he poses. One such topic he broached in The City of God against the pagans. In this text, Augustine addresses the problem of free will and extends his own viewpoint. Stating that humankind can have free will with an omniscient God, he clarifies by defining foreknowledge, free will, and how they can interact successfully together (Augustine, 198)....   [tags: free will, saint augustine, god]

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Confessions By Saint Augustine, Confessions

- ... Latin came naturally to him because it was his native language. Also he could learn it without the threat of punishment (p.17). His early years in school were the building blocks of how books will impact the rest of his life. Saint Augustine found it sinful to read about other people sin while remaining ignorant of your own sins. He tells about reading the poem of the wandering of Aeneas and dido who took her own life from love (p. 150). Augustine could easily relate to this poem because it was written in Latin and it takes place in Carthage....   [tags: Jesus, Christianity, Augustine of Hippo]

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St. Augustine 's ' The Confessions '

- Sinner turned Saint St. Augustine of Hippo passionately lived life, whether he was heading down the path of sin or following God’s good graces, all actions were acted upon with great force. Augustine recorded most of his life, both the good and the bad in his book, “The Confessions”. The title of the book speaks for itself, for much of the text reveals Augustine’s numerous sins and struggles; therefore, Augustine cannot be categorized as the ideal Christian man; however, Augustine impacted the church in spectacular ways....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Jesus, Ambrose]

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St. Augustine Of Hippo

- ... These events eventually led Augustine to find real truth in Christianity. The reading of Hortensius by Cicero: Was a large influence on Augustine in many as he was in a frenzy to find truth this book encouraged him to alter his prayers to God and not on vain things in life. Along with it changing Augustine’s personal values and his priorities and that all the vain hopes he had once had are gone now gone. These values have been renewed in that he reads the book not to enhance anything about his own style but become closer to God....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Neoplatonism, Ambrose]

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St. Augustine 's Theory Of God

- ... In 300-400 B.C. Plato’s views were still an imminent source of influence around the time of the Roman Empire in which Augustine resided. These philosophies influenced Augustine, because he lived in an era when Rome’s might and stability were crumbling as well as his own life. Augustine early life was surrounded with much sorrow and loss; he lost his mistress, then his mother, and finally his son. When he was seeking to convert to Christianity he questioned the presence of God in such chaos and made it a life’s mission to answer why, God is all mighty and the highest form of truth but would allow suffering to exist....   [tags: Soul, Metaphysics, Augustine of Hippo]

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St. Augustine as the True Heir of Plato

- Aristotle and St. Augustine have both been influenced by Plato. Their philosophy on morality, politics, and the purpose of life has been platonically influenced. St. Augustine is the true heir of Plato because he has taken Plato’s ideal state, and revealed the implications of the lives that the citizens of the earthly city lead, in the City of God. Plato’s state is an ideal state, that would not function in reality. St. Augustine has taken Plato’s notions, and have furthered the implications of living a life that strives towards a common good....   [tags: Aristotle and St. Augustine]

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Augustine 's Emergence From The Cave

- ... Augustine 's search for the satiation of his desires is, as it is in the case of Epicurus, ultimately a life devoted to the self. Yet even Epicurus is not as insistent in his pursuit of pleasure as Augustine. Epicurus goes on to say in the same passage, “When we say that pleasure is the end and aim... It is not an unbroken succession of drinking-bouts and of merrymaking, not sexual love” (Epicurus 83). In the Epicurian view, pleasure is simply a way of living life devoid of problems, not a life of wild lust....   [tags: God, Jesus, Augustine of Hippo, Truth]

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St. Augustine 's Influence On Christianity

- St. Augustine St. Augustine was a fourth century philosopher of the late Roman and early Medieval time. Today, he is still considered one of the most significant figures in the development of Western Christianity and played a huge role in bringing Christianity to dominance during the time when the Roman Empire was in a dark place. He is considered to be one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity. At that time, many people saw Aristotle as one of the main influences to Christian thought....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Christianity, Jesus]

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A Famous Bishop Of Hippo, St. Augustine

- ... In his overarching conclusion, Augustine argues that a God-centered life is adequate to provide man with the necessary nourishment for the soul and ensure his ability to overcome evils that is produced by the fallen world. First of all, the book of Confession is an autobiographical summary about Augustine’s moral philosophy that he experiences through a series of events – growing up in a Christian family, running away from God, falling into sin, yearning for God’s forgiveness, repenting back to God, and desiring for deeper truth about God....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Jesus, Sin]

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St. Augustine Of Hippo

- Humans are curious creatures. This shows truth with Adam and Eve as they lived and explored the Garden of Eden. Adam used his mind to name the different animals. Ever since then, the human race has continued to learn and explore. This earliest learning had no name other than pure curiosity, but as people began to become scholars, this exploration became known as philosophy. This form of thinking became popular in the Greek city-states such as Athens. Philosophy was early scholar’s way of understanding life and how it worked....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Original sin, Plato]

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Augustine And Love

- Augustine and Love Augustine states continuously that he was not yet in love, but was in love with love. This statement doesn't make sense to me. I don't believe that someone can be in love with something, if he or she doesn't understand what love is. "I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need." (pg....   [tags: Augustine Analysis ]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Confession Augustine Shares '

- Human nature causes a desire to run away from places and people full of love, into a life that is empty in all ways, and go running back to the open arms of loved ones once self-preservation runs out. This idea of running away and returning was used in the Bible to exemplify man running away from God with selfish ambition only to return to a God with His arms wide open, welcoming the son back home and treating him as though he had never left. In his Confessions Augustine shares his personal Prodigal Son moment, the journey that led him away from, then back to, his Creator....   [tags: God, Monotheism, Creator deity, Augustine of Hippo]

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Creation and Augustine vs. Evolution and Charles Darwin

- In this philosophical scientific research paper, I will proceed as follows. First I will address the pros and cons of creation and evolution. Second, I will analyze the philosophical scientific causes of this issue in light of St. Augustine and Charles Darwin. Last I will infer my own results and therefore propose some scientific suggestions. Many people have asked the question, where did we come from. According to creationists a higher power, or “God” created the universe. Some believe that “God” started off the universe and let it form by itself....   [tags: Creation, Augustine, Evolution, Charles Darwin,]

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Teaching The Confessions of St. Augustine

- Teaching The Confessions of St. Augustine ABSTRACT: Augustine's passionate and immensely personal account of his conversion has enthralled readers for centuries. Unfortunately, the passion and personal nature of the writing can stand as a barrier to comprehension, especially when the text is taught at the undergraduate level. Add to this the fact that the work has the character of one long and substained prayer to God, contains many passages that are tediously introspective, and refers to a time and place that are foreign to today's undergraduates, the task of helping students to understand and appreciate the work is daunting, to say the least....   [tags: The Confessions of St. Augustine]

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St. Augustine 's Exegesis Of Genesis 1 And The Creation

- St. Augustine’s Exegesis of Genesis 1 and the Creation” “…All kinds of readers are still uncomfortable with the cohesion between the exegesis of the Genesis creation story in books 11 to 13 of the Confessions and the so-called long excursion on memory in book 10 on the one hand and the autobiographical narration in books 1 to 9 on the other. ” While reading Confessions by Saint Augustine, it is almost impossible to miss a drastic change in topic in the concluding three books (11-13). Up until this point, Augustine has shared an autobiographical writing about his life previous to God, his conversion, and post-conversion life....   [tags: Creation myth, Universe, Earth, Augustine of Hippo]

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Biography of Augustine the African

- Biography of Augustine the African Augustine was born in Tagaste (modern Souk Ahras, Algeria) in 354 and died almost seventy-six years later in Hippo Regius (modern Annaba) on the Mediterranean coast sixty miles away. In the years between he lived out a career that seems to moderns to bridge the gap between ancient pagan Rome and the Christian middle ages. But to Augustine, as to his contemporaries, that gap separated real people and places they knew, not whole imaginary ages of past and future....   [tags: Augustine Africa Emperors Essays]

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Comparing Thomas Hobbes and Augustine

- Compare how Hobbes and Augustine Think The Condition of War Arises and Defend One Author's Account of `ordinary' Morality As An Antedote For It Augustine believes that the condition of war arises when the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God is disrupted (The City of God, 690) whereas Hobbes believes that the original state of nature is a condition of constant war, which rational and self-motivated people want to end. Augustine argues that peace is more than the absence of hostilities - it is a state of harmony that makes possible the full functioning of human beings....   [tags: Hobbes vs Augustine ]

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Augustine's Concept of Politics

- Augustine's Concept of Politics For Augustine, political life is a necessary evil. Why is it evil and why is it necessary. How then, does his claim influence his political theory. Introduction It is probably prudent to begin by discussing some of the fundamental beliefs of St. Augustine in order to better tackle the question. We must remember that St. Augustine is first and foremost a theologian, and thus his beliefs are firmly rooted in the teachings of Christianity. He accepted the doctrine of the Bible, i.e....   [tags: Politics Theology Augustine Essays]

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A Review of Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo

- A Review of Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo          Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo is a dense, scholarly work outlining the entire life of the Catholic bishop.  The University of California Press in Berkeley, California published the work in 1967.  My version was the 1973 second paperback printing, found in the University library.  Its smallish, scholarly, serifed, typewritten font allows for a instant respect for the subject matter:  the words are at first imposing, but then revealing as their serious tone complements the complexity of the text.  The pages are studded with footnotes, filling out this work with evidence of Brown’s exhaustive research.  There is a three-page preface bef...   [tags: Augustine Hippo]

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Analysis of St. Augustine’s Confessions

- St. Augustine’s Confessions St. Augustine is a man with a rational mind. As a philosopher, scholar, and teacher of rhetoric, he is trained in and practices the art of logical thought and coherent reasoning. The pursuits of his life guide him to seek concrete answers to specific questions. Religion, the practice of which relies primarily on faith—occasionally blind faith—presents itself as unable to be penetrated by any sort of scientific study or inquiry. Yet, like a true scientist and philosopher, one of the first questions St....   [tags: St. Augustine Confessions Philosophy Essays]

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St. Augustine and the Problem of Evil from a Christian Basis

- St. Augustine and the Problem of Evil from a Christian Basis In his Confessions, St. Augustine writes about a large number of topics that continue to have relevance today. The text documents the development of Augustine’s faith and his Christian philosophy, and one thing of particular interest is his argument for the nature of evil. Christianity predicates several important ideas that Augustine builds upon in his philosophy, and within its context, he presents a thorough, compelling argument against the problem of evil that identifies evil as a misperception....   [tags: Christianity, Confessions, St. Augustine]

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Self-knowledge and the Sciences in Augustine's Early Thinking

- Self-knowledge and the Sciences in Augustine's Early Thinking ABSTRACT: The idea of a firm connection of the seven artes liberales came first into being in Augustine's early concept of education (I. Hadot). Whereas this idea has been analyzed primarily in view of its philosophical sources, this paper is supposed to clarify its internal logic. The main feature of Augustine's concept is the distinction between the two projects of a critique of reason and of a metaphysics, and the coordination of these projects within a treatise on theodicy....   [tags: Augustine Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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Saint Augustine

- Saint Augustine Saint Augustine (354-430 AD), also known as Augustine of Hippo created an image of himself through his writings and teachings. He was born in Tagaste, a town in North Africa, on November 13, 354 AD. He was born into a middle class family. Patricius, his father, was a pagan, but later converted to Christianity because of his wife, Monica, was a devout Christian. Augustine’s mother, who was devoted to the Roman Catholic church, constantly tried for her son's conversion. Augustine was educated as a lecturer in the former North African cities of Tagaste, Madaura, and Carthage....   [tags: Biography Biographies Augustine Essays]

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Saint Augustine 's Confessions : A Diverse Mix Of Autobiography, Philosophy, And Interpretation Of The Christian Bible

- ... The last four books were like an appendix and offers an interpretation of the opening of the Book of Genesis. When Augustine’s converted to Christianity his appropriation of Platonic ideas uses his past sins and later confesses to God that will eventually enhance his soul and body. The consequences of this appropriation are that sins are considered to be ‘pleasurable.’ Saint Augustine’s all truth is God who speaks through the Bible. All throughout his younger years, he admits that had done a lot of sins....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Salvation, Original sin]

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Augustine 's Confessions By Augustine

- ... Through this he draws another conclusion, which is that material things may be pleasurable in the moment, but are not worth it in the long run. This does not, however, mean to give up finding pleasure in materialistic actions and items. Instead, he challenges the reader suggesting, “If physical objects give you pleasure, praise God for them and return love to their maker” (63). Instead suggesting the reader give up worldly entities, he simply suggests that we direct our happiness and thankfulness for these items towards God....   [tags: Happiness, Positive psychology, God]

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Allegorizations of the Active and Contemplative Lives in Philo, Origen, Augustine, and Gregory

- Allegorizations of the Active and Contemplative Lives in Philo, Origen, Augustine, and Gregory This paper examines the allegorical interpretations given to several Scriptural pairs as they relate to the idea of the active and contemplative lives in Philo, Origen, Augustine, and Gregory. As will be shown, Augustine combines elements found in the two previous writers to form his allegory of the two wives of Jacob as representative of the active and contemplative lives. In Philo, most of the essential elements of later Christian thought on the active and contemplative lives are already present....   [tags: Philo Origen Augustine Gregory]

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Saint Augustine

- The doctrine of the Divine Unity is a truth of natural religion; the doctrine of the Trinity is a truth of revealed religion. The various systems of natural theism present arguments for the Divine existence, unity, and attributes, but proceed no further. They do not assert and endeavor to demonstrate that the Supreme Being is three persons in one essence. It is because this doctrine is not discoverable by human reason, that the Christian church has been somewhat shy of attempts to construct it analytically; or even to defend it upon grounds of reason....   [tags: Saint Augustine Religion Doctrines Essays]

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The Existence Of Evil : Augustine 's Confessions Augustine

- ... Having a degree of flaw as god’s creation, man and all other things are likely have an absence of good which ultimately allows evil to exist. Augustine also notes that people are not entirely evil for the sake of being evil but is more so because they lack a level of good which in One aspect which Augustine looks at in finding a solution for the existence of evil is the freedom of free will. Augustine states, in his attempts to understand free choice of the will and how it makes one do wrong to only suffer god’s judgment is something he does not understand why god allows to happen (pg.113)....   [tags: Free will, God, Problem of evil, Metaphysics]

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Exploring St. Augustine of Hippo's Augustine Confessions

- Augustine’s Confessions is an autobiographical work by St. Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between 397 and 398 CE. Saint Augustine is one of the most important figures in Western Christianity because of his teachings and interpretations of the gospel. He is also considered one the church fathers of Latin Christianity. This inspiring autobiography explores St. Augustine sinful childhood and adolescence, further conversion to Christianity and teachings as bishop of Hippo. This autobiography is divided into thirteen books, from which the first nine are mostly autobiographical, and the last four mostly are commentaries, where he discusses philosophical and theological issues....   [tags: autobiographical work]

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Augustine’s Journey to the Truth in The Confessions of St. Augustine

- In the Confessions by Saint Augustine, this great philosopher experiences many problems and emotions related to sin and evil. As a boy, he often felt darkness, blindness, and confusion while attempting to find rest in God. Augustine started out in childhood with a restless heart because he had to live in two different worlds. These worlds consisted of his mother’s Christian faith, and the world of everything else. These two worlds confused and disturbed Augustine as a child. Augustine’s father was pagan and his mother was Christian, and they both wanted him to be very successful in the world....   [tags: philosophy, religion, The Confessions of St. Augus]

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Origin of Evil in The Confessions by Augustine

- In the Confessions, Augustine wrote about his struggle with understanding how evil exists in a world created by God. He questioned how it was possible and why God allows evil in his creations because God is supremely good. After delving into finding a solution, Augustine concluded that evil does not exist, and the things deemed as evil are caused by free will. This paper will argue that Augustine has successfully proven that evil does not exist by explaining his earlier explanation of the origin of evil taught by the Manicheans, explaining Augustine’s teachings, and finally, using the textual descriptions of Augustine’s unwillingness to convert as support for his conclusion....   [tags: evil, creations, free will]

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A Brief Biography of Saint Augustine

- Saint Augustine was born in the year 354. During his adolescence he was a “womanizer” and not involved with the Christian faith. However, Augustine’s profession was rhetorician, and he got a job teaching in Rome. In Rome he came across Ambrose, bishop of Milan, who was able to help Augustine through his difficulties regarding Christianity. Ambrose was the first intellectual Christian that Augustine had encountered, and Augustine was impressed with his intellectual abilities. Ambrose was an inspiration to Augustine, which led to his passion for Christianity....   [tags: Christian philosphy, religious beliefs]

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The On The Trinity By Augustine And Avicenna

- ... Within this paradigm, Augustine questions whether one exists, or whether they fear that they could be mistaken about their existence. Notably, Augustine asserts that an individual could not be mistaken unless they existed. That is, the mere presumption or act of being mistaken depends on one’s existence. Augustine asserts, whatever is capable of understanding, must also exist and be alive. It can be said then, that for Augustine, the capacity to understand, and the capacity for reason, are essential to self-knowledge and self-awareness....   [tags: Soul, Philosophy of mind, Mind, Perception]

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The Early Enlightenment of Augustine

- Throughout the Confessions, Augustine provides a journal of his life. Education played a major role in his development. Augustine the character’s education began from the moment he started to communicate. He later went on to be formally educated before being removed from school for financial difficulties. Augustine the narrator believes his education a granted will from God; however, at times, Augustine the character seemed to take advantage of this will. Through this ability, granted by God’s will, Augustine the character was able to become literate....   [tags: Catholic faith, religious philosophy]

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Reflecting on St. Augustine at ACS

- ... Ambrose provided Augstine the tools for his conversion to Christianity. “The Odyssey,” “The Aenid,” and “The Inferno” explore literature and poetry by examining the heroes epic journeys. Odysseus, Aeneas, and Dante use adventures set upon by a greater force to achieve their own respective goals – whether it is to figure out how to get home or how to start a home or just who you are. These characters use their heroic personalities to overcome struggles to achieve their respective goals. These stories correspond with “The Confessions” because the book is full of questions that are confusing to understand....   [tags: personal journey]

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Augustine and The Problem of Evil

- In the beginning, God created the world. He created the earth, air, stars, trees and mortal animals, heaven above, the angels, every spiritual being. God looked at these things and said that they were good. However, if all that God created was good, from where does un-good come. How did evil creep into the universal picture. In Book VII of his Confessions, St. Augustine reflects on the existence of evil and the theological problem it poses. For evil to exist, the Creator God must have granted it existence....   [tags: God, Creation, Evil]

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Analysis Of Augustine And Al Ghazali

- ... As for the sun itself we perceive it to be smaller in comparison to the earth when in fact it’s the contrary; this account is given because Al-Ghazali believes our senses are incapable of perceiving the commotion of any occurrence on their own, and need special equipment to see deeper into what is happening, because of this we should always be skeptical of any materialistic occurrence. Augustine concludes we should doubt our senses of vision but not completely deny the plausibility of it being certain [11]; Al-Ghazali on the other hand, stresses the belief of skepticism in all our senses, especially vision, because we can put no reliance on it [74]....   [tags: Skepticism, Mind, Perception, Truth]

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AUGUSTINE AND THE EARLY CHURCH

- Augustine and the Early Church Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown Live Oak Public Library, STACKS 270.2 BROW Q5. In Augustine’s unfailing attempt to fight the heresies that plagued the early church, he realized that much of his colleagues and congregation lived by unquestioned faith in the Catholic Church. He also realized that this left them without a strong foundation for which they believed. (Brown, 354) His contributions to the written theological doctrines of Catholicism helped to strengthen the Church’s authority on controversial topics....   [tags: Church History ]

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Biography of St. Augustine of Hippo

- Saint Augustine Saint Augustine (354-430) better known by Augustine of Hippo was a North African native. Most of his life was spent as a Christian bishop at Hippo Regius, North Africa, it was also where he earned his common name Augustine of Hippo. He was born in a small town named Tagaste (modern Algeria) and lived a morally life as his thoughts on life changes as he ages. Although he lived through tough times, throughout his life, he was most famously known for his autobiography (Confessions), his great educational accomplishments, and his spread of Christianity....   [tags: Bishop, Christianity, Morals]

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The Theodicies of Augustine and Boethius

- A foundational belief in Christianity is the idea that God is perfectly good. God is unable to do anything evil and all his actions are motives are completely pure. This principle, however, leads to many questions concerning the apparent suffering and wrong-doing that is prevalent in the world that this perfect being created. Where did evil come from. Also, how can evil exist when the only eternal entity is the perfect, sinless, ultimately good God. This question with the principle of God's sovereignty leads to even more difficult problems, including human responsibility and free will....   [tags: Christianity, Good, Evil]

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Transformation: Augustine's Journey to Christianity

- You prompt us yourself to find satisfaction in appraising you, since you made us tilted toward you, and our heart is unstable until stabilized in you. Quintessentially, this quote from Confessions symbolizes Augustine’s perilous journey towards Christianity. Although appearing earlier in what is colloquially known as the “first autobiography”, Augustine expounds on this very idea throughout his writings. Whether that includes his attraction and disdain for Manichaeism or his affinity with Neo-Platonism, one could argue this quote acted as the foundation of his inquisitions of these pre-modern dogmatic sects....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Morality Of Lying By St. Augustine

- Morality of Lying The morality of lying has been the topic of interest of many ethicists and philosophers for centuries. Subsequently, various opinions concerning the essence of the notion as well as concerning its permissibility were expressed. As a result, today, it is possible to regard the morality of lying from quite different perspectives applying to different theories or moral beliefs. In this context, St. Augustine should be regarded as one of the key figures in the discussions dedicated to the issue of the morality of lying since his persuasions both played an important role for maintaining Christian morality and were often objected and criticized and, thus, encouraged more discussi...   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Lie, Moral absolutism]

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Augustine and the Locus of Collective Memory

- In the books X and XI of his Confessions, Augustine aims to tackle the intriguing questions of memory and time, respectively. His phenomenological as well as rigorous approach has attracted many later commentators. Also Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) can be taken as one of these, although Ricoeur’s angle is decisively distinct from that of Augustine’s – it can be said to represent a certain “hermeneutical rationality”. By using Ricoeur’s material as a springboard, this paper aims to examine both the possibility and the locus of collective memory (part I) as well as Ricoeur’s reply to Augustine’s challenging question “quid est enim tempus?” (part II)....   [tags: hermeneutical rationality, Paul Ricoeur]

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Augustine's Treatment on God in the Confessions

- CONDIMENT OR INGREDIENT: AUGUSTINE’S TREATMENT ON GOD IN THE CONFESSIONS “The desire for God is written in the human heart”, the Catechism states (n.27). In one way or another, human beings try to pinpoint out the ultimate reality of things, i.e. the composition of the universe, its, purpose, its goal, etc. At some point, their painstaking search somehow leads them out to a reality which, or Who, can possibly be the definitive, decisive, relational, communicatory factor of everything “under the sun”....   [tags: God, Religion, Divine Revelation]

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Augustine, The City Of God

- Augustine, The City of God In the 5th century, a Christian Bishop of Hippo named Augustine wrote a book called The City of God. In an effort to defend the Church against the accusations made by the Pagans, he divided the world into two groups. Each group consisted of a city, which was based on either a love of God or on a love of self. The first city was the city of God which was associated with the love of God. Next, was the city of Man, who was linked with the love of self. Augustine used different eras of time in order to look back a history, showing that he was different than those who came before him and that he knew what was going to happen....   [tags: Roman Empire, Roman Republic, Ancient Rome]

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The Confessions of Saint Augustine

- Day after day, goals are set before us. Expectations for improvement or achievements. Objectives to accomplish tasks or simply to do nothing. Plans constructed to dictate how we are to live; how we are to speak, act, and think. These goals, whether consciously or subconsciously, are influenced by our worldviews. Throughout our lives, aims are in constant creation. Babies cry in order to secure the attention of the caretaker so that nutrients or a clean diaper may be obtain. Young children may fight over one another in hopes to play with a certain toys....   [tags: The God-Shaped Hole]

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St. Augustine 's Life

- ... Because of a perverse will was lust made; and lust indulged in became custom; and custom not resisted became necessity.” Contraception had been around long before Saint Augustine was living, dating back between 1900 and 1100 B.C. from Egypt. Contraception is a term that can be applied to any behavior that prevents conception. Augustine stated that having intercourse without the plan to procreate. “Committed to the procreative rationale, Augustine is the enemy of contraception. He condemns the Manichean use of the sterile period and the Manichean use of coitus interruptus.” Augustine in his younger years was a Manichee, making it hard to believe that you go change his views one hundred e...   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexuality, Marriage]

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St. Augustine 's Genesis

- Genesis is one of the well-known books in the Bible. It tells the story of how the earth was created and how we came into being. It is a very crucial book that help defines us as Christians because it tells us of our origin whereas the nonbelievers of the world are still searching for an answer. St. Augustine agrees that Genesis is indeed an important book, however he believes that the Bible should be read differently due to truth of time and of creation as God sees it. In his eyes, St. Augustine believes that Genesis should be read and taken not literally but rather spiritually because time and creation only existed due to the coexistence of humanity, whereas God himself in all of his might...   [tags: Existence, Ontology, Time, Universe]

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Western Christianity: Augustine Confessions

- Augustine Confessions Augustine of Hippo was an early Christian philosopher who was born in what is now modern day Algeria and his writings have been a great influence on the development of Western Christianity. He was a bishop in the Hippo Regius of Roman Africa during the Patristic Era and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers of the West (Mendelson). In his famous writing “Confessions”, Augustine recounts the first 35 years of his life and tracks his spiritual development and acceptance of Christianity....   [tags: philosophy, god, skills]

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God's Relentless Pursuit of St. Augustine

- There is a skit that is used in many Evangelical Christian circles such as churches, youth groups, and camps where there is a person sitting on a stool with Jesus beside them. The stool represents the power to make decisions in the life of the person. The person on the stool asks Jesus to take it from them, but he refuses and tells the person that they have to give it to him. The idea of the skit is to show God will always be there, pursuing the person, but the person has to be the one to decide to follow Christ....   [tags: the Confessions, philosophical analysis]

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St. Augustine: Thoughts on Good and Evil

- Author Claudia Gray stated, “Self-knowledge is better than self-control any day” (Goodreads). Evil and sin exists in our world today and the temptation they bring bounds many human’s spiritual being. Finding the root of all evil is a hard and torturous concept to understand, but knowing one’s own free will helps bring understanding and deliverance from the evils of the world. Throughout the book Confessions Saint Augustine “ponders the concepts of evil and sin and searches the root of their being” (Augustine 15)....   [tags: religion, phylosophy, ]

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The Declassification of Faith: Viewpoints of Saint Augustine

- Just as the Roman society began to fall into the hopelessness of philosophical skepticism, abandoning all pursuit of truth, the reputable Christian philosopher-theologian, Saint Augustine, reveals to the world in his book of Confessions, the hope of a foundational truth. Reflecting over the whole course of his life, Augustine honestly tells of all the mischief he caused as a child and the burdens of adulthood. He was smart and cunning as a boy, always being pressured by his father to excel in school where it was required for students to be proficient in reading and writing....   [tags: truth, writer, life, creative]

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Philosophies of Augustine, Descartes, Arendt on Morality

- Philosophical musings on the nature of morality are often expressed by thinkers who focus on human nature. Among the factors which determine human behaviour, a moral analysis of the concepts of right and wrong is often prominent. In investigating human behaviour through the relationship between reflection and action, this morality is often observed. Therefore, in the course currently entitled Human Sciences 101: Reflection and Action, both phiolosophy and morality are key themes. However, the calendar description for the course is as follows, “What is the relationship between thinking and action....   [tags: reflection, action, morality]

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Perception of God and Evil by Augustine of Hippo

- Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is among the most influential thinkers in Christianity. He contributed a great number of ideas and notions to Christian theology that would have lasting effect on belief systems in Christian churches. One of his most notable contributions is the notion of “original sin” and his concept of “evil.” These notions evolved over the years. Augustine traces their evolution in his Confessions, a thirteen-volume autobiography he wrote when he was in his forties. An essential part of Confessions is Augustine’s conversion to Christianity and his evolving understanding of good and evil....   [tags: manichaeism, good and evil, christianity]

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St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Theologian

- St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, was one of the greatest theologians of his time. He is still regarded in the highest manner. He was raised in a divided home, but through time he found the truth. He was always a superb student. He fully mastered Latin; however, he never grasped Greek. He was also very crafty in speech - a black-belt of rhetoric if you will. After his teenage flings and rebellions, he found a heretical sect in which he became involved for a while. He traveled and landed in Milan for a while where he met the bishop....   [tags: Biography]

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St. Augustine: A Man of Great Genius

- Throughout the ages, there have been countless influences on not only social and political life, but on religious character and prevalence as well. Aurelius Augustine, who would eventually rise to the position of bishop in the early Catholic Church, was one of the most interesting characters that would surely leave his mark on the Roman Empire, especially in the few decades before the western part of the empire was to be taken over by Germanic tribes from the North. Perhaps, his most influential characteristic that history still records today, was his striking tenacity to preserve the Christian religion as it was ‘supposed’ to be and to spread that influence to all who walked the earth....   [tags: Theologians ]

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The Movie American Beauty and Augustine Confessions

- A stereotype of life is that when people are teenagers they go through a phase where they test the waters with their parents and start to rebel a bit. The teenager thinks he/she is all-knowing, which would be impressive since philosophers grasp for wisdom all of their lives, and think what their parents tell them is not relevant. The story in movies usually ends with the teenager having a revelation or growing up and realizing his parent’s were right and gains respect and love for them. In a sense he comes back home, which reflects the story of the Prodigal’s Son (Luke 15) in the Bible....   [tags: stereotypes, teenagers]

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Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions

- Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions (398 C.E.) is a theological autobiography, what we would call today a conversion story. The book is an apologia, which means it is both a confession of faith as well as an account of a life. It is meant to be a testimony of faith and a defense of Christian doctrine. The book is not a biography in our modern sense of the term. The book is about the birth of faith. This is the heart of the book. Through the telling of his own life story -- the indiscretions of his youth, his experiment with Manichaeism, the birth of a child out of wedlock, his father Patrick who converted to Christianity only at his death bed, the persistent hope of his Christian mother M...   [tags: autobiography, apologia]

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Augustine's Confessions Paper

- When one reads the word "confessions," one would not necessarily associate it with the word "narrative." Confessions seem to be more of something stated directly without any story-like element. They are also a more personal thing- one does not simply put them in a story form unless purposely intending to do so, because usually it is something that expresses guilt for something personal or is between the author and their conscience (or perhaps to themselves). However, there can always be an exception, like Augustine's Confessions....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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The Two Kinds of Evil According to Augustine

- God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, which makes us wonder what kind of morally sufficient reason justifies God to allow evil. We know that evil exists in our world, but so does God, so would God be the source of evil as well as good. We have established that God is the omnipotent and benevolent free creator of the world, but suffering and evil exist. Is God unable to prevent evil. If so, he would not be omnipotent. Is He able to prevent the evil in our world but unwilling. If this were then case then he wouldn’t be benevolent....   [tags: God, Moral evil, natural evil]

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The Problem of Evil accoding to Saint Augustine

- ... Saint Augustine spent a good portion of his life addressing the question of where evil came from, the reason and source of its existence. The first solution to the problem of evil Augustine came across was presented to him by the Manichees. Augustine was “a 'hearer' among the Manichees for nine years” (Melchert, pp. 230). Manicheanism was a cult that rose in the earliest centuries lead by a Persian named Mani. Combining Christianity with Zoroastrianism, their beliefs were incredibly influential to early Christians....   [tags: all-good, god, worls, christians]

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St. Augustine’s Pursuit of Solace

- St. Augustine’s Pursuit of Solace In his autobiography, Confessions, Augustine gives a chronological, emotional, and religious based account of his journey in life as he progresses from his youth to adulthood. The various life experiences that occupy Augustine throughout his progression in life leave a lasting imprint on his personal beliefs. As such Augustine changes his character slowly from book to book. From his youth to his early twenties, Augustine pursues a hedonistic lifestyle in which he only pays attention to his bodily desires, and thus he unknowingly neglects the needs of his soul....   [tags: Autobiography Review]

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Theology and Christianity: The Works of Augustine and Pelagius

- Augustine and Pelagius were two of the great fourth century theologians who’s work has an effect on the theology of Christianity today which centers in the areas of original sin and free will. Sin can be defined as anything that does not express or conform to the holy character of God. The issue of sin is not in its definition it is in the origin. Augustine and Pelagius were two people with two different views of the origin of sin. Pelagius, was a British faithful monk who claimed that we came into the world with a free will....   [tags: god, evil, sin, freedom]

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Saint Augustine 's On Faith And The Creed

- ... Chapter five expresses the truth that Jesus died and resurrected. Jesus was mortal and humble and, with His human nature, he suffered on the cross. Christians believe Jesus rose again on the third day. Chapter six expresses that after His resurrection, He ascended into heaven. Scripture says that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to earth to be with those who follow Christ. Saint Augustine explained in chapter seven that Jesus, following His ascension, sits at the right hand of God the Father. This does not suggest that God is in human form and literally has a right and left hand....   [tags: Christianity, Trinity, Jesus, God]

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St. Augustine Accepts Platonic Concept

- ... We know that things are beautiful because it participates in the Form of Beauty. In Plato’s words, “if there is anything beautiful besides the Beautiful itself, it is beautiful for no other reason than that it shares in that Beautiful.” This Form of Beauty is invisible, eternal, and unchanging, unlike the things in the visible world that change and lose their beauty. The Theory of Forms envisions a whole world of things such as these, a world that exists outside of time and space. This is where Beauty, Justice, Courage, Temperance, and other things like it exist, where they remain untarnished by the changes and imperfections of the visible world....   [tags: philosophy, Christian Platonist, Confessions]

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Augustine 's Just War Theory

- Augustine’s just war theory, jus ad bellum and jus in bello, provides a series of criteria of which, in theory, must be met in order for a war to be considered just. The criterion is then separated into two segments. Jus ad bellum refers to the morality surrounding going to war or when is going to war justified. Jus in bello refers to the moral conduct within war or how does one conduct a just war. When going to war and conducting war, these principles and guidelines must be followed or the morality of the war is not considered just by Augustine’s doctrine....   [tags: Laws of war, Jus ad bellum, Peace, Morality]

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Augustine on Death

- Augustine on Death Death is a very natural occurrence in life, and everyone experiences death differently, but yet in the same way. When Augustine was a young boy his father died, and he makes a small account of this in the Confessions. Later on in life, he loses a dear friend, and his loving mother. With time, he mentally matures and death affects Augustine differently each time. The death of his father was merely mentioned in the Confessions, while the death of Monica, his mother, was an elaborate detailed account of the time of her death....   [tags: Papers]

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Confessions by Augustine

- Confessions by Augustine Truth and piety are two terms Augustine illustrates throughout his book Confessions. There are two types of truth: the truth found in God, but also the truth found in oneself. The truth found in and through God is quite obvious throughout the whole book. The other requires the reader to search deeply in the text. Augustine feels that if you develop self knowledge, then you can find truth. You have to be true to yourself and God. With self knowledge, you can reveal your true beliefs and pursuit in a religion that is fit for you....   [tags: Papers]

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Augustine And Love

- How does Augustine define love. Augustine states continuously that he was not yet in love, but was in love with love. This statement doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t believe that someone can be in love with something, if he or she doesn’t understand what love is. “I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need.” (pg. 35) How can Augustine hate himself if he doesn’t know what loves feel like. I think a lot of Augustine’s statements about love are interesting....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Augustine And Conversion

- Augustine and Conversion Conversion can best be defined as surrendering a particular way of life in order to accept another. The very nature of this process indicates the presence of sacrifice. The convert acts almost entirely on faith, giving up the life that seemed right, a life in which they were comfortable, relying only on the assumption that letting Jesus into their hearts will give their life more meaning and direction then what they had known before. Augustine says that conversion requires cooperation of intellect and emotion, which may have a crippling effect of habit on will, and a need for God’s grace to have an unhampered will....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Augustine and Freedom

- Augustine and Freedom Evil-doing is neglect of eternal things and love of temporal things to the extent of becoming subject to them. This is done by the free choice of the will . . . Free will makes sin possible but it was given that man might live righteously.1 This is a brief summary of what Augustine believed regarding (1) the origin of sin and (2) the purpose for which humanity was endowed with free choice of the will. Though insightful as it may seem, Augustine's statement will not set to rest all the issues raised by the notion of human freedom and divine activity, since with free choice of the will come perplexing questions that continue to rage in philoso...   [tags: Papers]

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St. Augustine 's Codes Of War

- Micheal Walzria argues that St Augustine’s codes of war have evolved into the modern-day rules which governs the way the west goes to war. “The triumph of just war”- he coins it, the way in which we view morality in war, what is morally acceptable during war and what-- if any-- is Justice in war. On the heels of a protracted ethnic conflict that has pre-dated the establishment of the modern state of Israel, the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza city and Israeli occupied west bank disrupted a 19 month ceasefire....   [tags: Israel, West Bank, Laws of war, Gaza Strip]

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Justice as Defined by Augustine and Aristotle

- Justice as Defined by Augustine and Aristotle “Justice removed, then, what are kingdoms but great bands of robbers?” (Augustine, The City of God against the Pagans, p. 147[1]). Augustine makes quite a claim here. The presence or absence of “justice,” he implies, can make or break a great kingdom. What is this justice that Augustine speaks of. Is it the philosopher kings that define Plato’s “just city[2],” or perhaps Aristotle’s “good life[3]”. Augustine approaches the challenge of defining justice in a different, but not necessarily contradictory way, than his predecessors....   [tags: The City of God against the Pagans]

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Augustine of Hipo's Ideas of Creation and Time in The Confessions

- Augustine of Hippo writes extensively on his life, conversion, and learning in his spiritual autobiography The Confessions. After detailing his conversion, however, Augustine begins to explore topics of particular interest to him as a philosopher and theologian. One of the greatest reflections Augustine writes is contained in Book XI of The Confessions, in which Augustine reflects on the ideas of eternity and time. In this Book, Augustine addresses the concept of eternity, and how to define what is eternal and what is not....   [tags: autobiography, genesis, convertion]

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Augustine´s View on the Origins of Sin, Grace, and Free Will

- Augustine uses the genre of an autobiography to demonstrate his thoughts on how he ultimately accepted Christianity and his development as a Christian in his work, Confessions. The beauty of his book is that even though it is presented as an autobiography, the events depicted show the mysterious yet graceful acts of God and his journey through those very events. He presented many ideas, but focused primarily on his ideas of the origins of sin, grace, and free will. In some ways, Augustine describes a free will that cannot be understood without considering the nature of sin and grace....   [tags: christianity, catholicism, autobiography]

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St. Augustine's Conversion to Christianity

- St. Augustine's Conversion to Christianity Aurelius Augustinius, St. Augustine, was born in 354 A.D. in Tagaste, a town in North Africa. Born just over a century before the fall of Rome, Augustine would live his entire life within the Roman empire. Augustine was a great Christian thinker and wrote numerous works which survive today, and offer us a vivid glimpse into the period. His works and thoughts on Christ, the nature of God, the role of the Church, and myriad other topics, shaped much of medieval thought....   [tags: Papers]

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Addressing the Problem of Evil in On Free Choice of the Will by Augustine

- In “On Free Choice of the Will”, Augustine indicates the importance of his beliefs and opinions of human nature and of God. He thinks as greatly of God as possible and centralizes his thoughts of goodness with the concept of being/form (God); he also gives a description of how God’s rightness can be interpreted clearly through the evil doings of the world. One of the biggest and most difficult problems facing people is the problem of doing evil. If God is being, unchanging, eternal and all-powerful, then how is it that people do evil....   [tags: philosophy, god, sin]

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The Two Visions Of St. Augustine

- A common thread of faith and reason runs through the two different theological visions of St. Augustine in his Confessions. This can be seen by comparing the ascent, the vision, the descent, and language in the two visions. Although other parts of the text will be referred to, the central part of these visions are as follows:Vision 1: "... in an instant of awe, my mind attained to the sight of the God who IS. Then, at last, I caught sight of your invisible nature, as it is known through your creatures....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Importance of the Just War Theory of Saint Augustine

- Just War Theory is the belief the war is morally or legally justified. There are four most important tenets, also known as belief, principle, or creed, from the Just War Theory of Saint Augustine. Saint Augustine was born in A.D. 354 and adopted the Christianity doctrine in A.D. 386 during the decline of the Roman Empire. Saint Augustine believed everything was made from God; therefore everything made is good and perfect. Saint Augustine believed evil, was due to the fall of man, which introduced sin into the world....   [tags: moral, cause, peace]

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