Augustine's Confessions

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Augustine, who maybe unheard for most non-Christian. However, his Confessions was the first book use biography to inspire people to pursue the truth about themselves and the world. No matter people agree with Augustine or not, all of them will admit that they can find valuable things during his literary work. Augustine was a Roman theologian and philosopher, and his ideological legacy is incredibly rich. His thinking on the question of “why God and evil coexist?” is accompanied by his growth and maturity. In 354, Augustine was born in an ordinary family in Rome. “His father was a pagan who converted on his death bed; his mother was Saint Monica, a devout Christian” ("Life of St. Augustine.") Even though the cost of education was very expensive…show more content…
Babies do not have the opportunity to abuse their freedom because they seem to be innocent, and according to the free will view they should not suffer if they are innocent. The problem of infant suffering has shaken Augustine’s earlier arguments about the free response, and recognized that the only way to explain infant’s suffering is to imagine in an opposite way --- sin is public. Human actually has sinned because of Adam and Eve, so man is sinful. Therefore, identification of the individual is unimportant. Is sin passed like this? Augustine also did not have a perfect answer, but he believes that God must let mankind through the experience of ignorance and difficulties. “It is true that, in the works studied by Ogliari, Augustine says that not all people will be saved by the grace of the second Adam, Christ. Everyone is treated justly and some will receive the mercy of God” (Van Geest, Paul). Augustine thinks that not everyone has the right to be saved. God knows who will be saved, so some of the humans are destined to be saved. This doomed thought greatly influenced the later theologians, such as St. Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. Human all through conception and more or less guilty of. The corollary of this doctrine of Augustine is that anyone who is not baptized or exonerated before he dies will directly go to hell. Augustine insists that mankind cannot be good in itself because all good deeds are caused by the grace of God. At the same time, he wants to insist that human beings must be self-blame for their evil because all the evil behavior is caused by human own will. Will is internal, so human have to be responsible for their
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