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Asafas Essay

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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. In the first book, St. Augustine praises God and clearly expresses sorrow because of his many sins. He shows an interest in God and Latin. The second book, focus on his sixteenth year. He explores the wickedness of his youth by remembering how delighted he felt when he stole some pears from a neighborhood orchard with his friends. Later on in this book, he explains the remission of his sins and learns what it means to find rest in God. The third book explores his days as a student in Carthage, his delight in Cicero’s Hortensius book and love for philosophy, and his disapproval of Manichaeans doctrines. The fourth book has the story of his years among the Manichaeans, his attraction to astrology and the introduction to other philosophy books. The fifth book centers on his encounter with Faustus. Augustine realizes that Faustus couldn’t answer his questions, and therefore the Manichaeans doctrine left him unsatisfied. After his meeting with Faustus, Augustine flees to Rome where he meets Ambrose and later decides to become a Christian catechumen. The sixth book focuses on St. Augustine discovery of truth from Catholic doctrine. Holy scriptures teaches that faith is the basis for human life. The seventh book includes his conversion to Neo-Platonism, rejection of astrology, study of the bible (writings of Paul) and belief in Jesus the Christ. The eight book states the most memorable year of his life, the year that he converted to Christ. Book nine includes the end of his autobiography, his baptism at Milan and the death of his beloved mother. The tenth book explains the goal of this autobiography, which is to offer the way by which men can find God. He also explores the way of true prayer and finally analyses the necessity of a Mediator (Christ). In the eleventh book St. Augustine tries to comprehend the mysteries of creation. He studies Genesis 1:1, which talks about the creation of the world. He also makes an exquisite analysis of the subjectivity of time. In the twelfth book he continues to analyze the creation of the world and his research of visible and unformed matter. The thirteenth book, which is the last book, St. Augustine interprets Genesis 1:2-31 in an allegorical fashion. He recognizes the...

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