This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Augustine And Love Essay

990 words - 4 pages

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. Augustine has some very good points about love, but he contradicts himself also. Is Augustine saying he wasn’t in love or he doesn’t understand love? Both of these statements make me wonder how can he be in love with love, if he isn’t in love.
     After stating this, Augustine continues to support his statement by talking about friendship. Is the friendship Augustine mentions lustful or sincerely about love? “Thus I polluted the stream of friendship with the filth of unclean desire and sullied its limpidity with the hell of lust.” (pg. 35) Obviously Augustine is letting the idea of love turn straight to lust. He talks about unclean desires, but he says he wants to be clean and courtly. Maybe Augustine has the wrong idea about love. Love is when you care deeply about someone and will do anything for them. Thinking about sexual desires and physical attractions are defining lustful ideas. Is Augustine talking about different kinds of love?
     Augustine states that he wants to be forgiven for the corruption of his soul so he can love God again. He also states whatever pleases you, you should love Him who created it. “If material things please you then praise God for them, but turn back your love upon Him who made them.” (pg. 60) He continues this thought by saying we should love God for he created the world and without God we wouldn’t be able to love anything in this world. He also states that God made the world and didn’t leave. So is Augustine implying that if someone makes something and abandons it, that he or she shouldn’t be loved?
     I think Augustine is implying that only those who create something and stay around should be loved. I agree with Augustine about this. If God would of created the world and left, I would of thought he created the world by mistake. By sticking around or admitting to creating the world, I feel as if God is able and willing to deal with whatever circumstances that may come His way. Augustine tells sinners to return to their heart and abide to God. Is Augustine saying that God doesn’t create evil? Or is he saying that sinners learn to love evil and evil takes over their hearts? If God created everything,...

Find Another Essay On Augustine And Love

Sons of tears summary Essay

4017 words - 16 pages chance to talk to Melanie privately. He expresses his obsessive love for her, but she declines his advances and asks him to leave. He does so, with a broken heart. Chapter 12 Augustine, distraught but resolute, decides to win the heart of Melanie. He gets a haircut and brings her a canary. The two get to talking, and despite herself, finds herself attracted to Augustine. Shields 5 Chapter 13 Augustine, with his head still spinning with love, talks

SdfkA nkd ld Essay

1667 words - 7 pages believes that God made him reluctant to learn as an advantageous punishment so that Augustine may help people in the future. Through his schooling Augustine developed an unwelcoming appeal to literature and shows. Augustine believes that there is nothing more pitiable than a “wretch without pity for himself who weeps over the death of Dido dying for love of Aeneas but not weeping over himself dying for his lack of love for you [God] (15).” He

Innate Sin of Selfishness

1742 words - 7 pages In the Confessions and the First Letter to the Corinthians, the respective authors delve into the nature of sin and prescribe solutions to problem of evil so that Christians can understand the existence of evil. Human nature defined by both Paul and Augustine is the pattern drawn from actions that humans without a stimulus. For Paul, the importance of love, and condemnation of the idea that all is permitted reveal his view of human nature

Origin of Evil in The Confessions by Augustine

913 words - 4 pages to give up the earthly desire for flesh. God’s love “delighted and convinced” Augustine’s mind, but lust “delighted” Augustine’s body (Confessions VIII. 5, p. 148). In this example, regardless of Augustine’s want to will succumbing to God, he found that his habits had rendered him unable to. His will in favor of the lower things held Augustine tighter than his will for God, which caused Augustine to choose the lesser good, which left him “in the

God's Grace

726 words - 3 pages The earthly world is full of distractions and complications; however, the key is to avoid becoming too wrapped up. People are temporary and will eventually die off. Material possessions break and produce false joy. On the other, God is everlasting and will always be there. After living a life full of sin, Augustine was able to confess his experiences to the world: “I also fell in love, which was a snare of my own choosing. My God, my God of

Saint Augustine

1610 words - 6 pages 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

Saint Augustine's Confessions

1149 words - 5 pages able to turn it around and find a strong relationship with God. Augustine wanted to serve as an example to the many people who would read his book. It is a story of great trials and tribulations, but the end resultant is a life fulfilled by God's love. This is quite possibly the message conveyed. It is similar to an "˜Underdog' type story. Augustine grows up and follows the wrong path and is made to find his own way back, which he does, and

St. Agustine and His Path to Christianity

741 words - 3 pages As an adolescent, many experience different life style changes where they learn about their true nature. Parents usually call these instance phases. As a teen, Saint Augustine lived an immoral lifestyle. Although he was the son of a pagan father and Christian mother, St. Augustine experienced life on his own terms. Conflicting faiths and cultural values helped him grow from his past wicked ways and become one of the most influential

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

2268 words - 10 pages . Because we do not allow our minds to control the irrational parts of our souls and to perceive the eternal truths/ form/ being/ God, we sin; we allow our minds to be enslaved to inordinate desire. In other words, Augustine argues that we often turn away from the eternal truths, or the ethical truths, towards non-being which is evil because of temporal things. He says that evil lies in one’s intention, and not in their actions because one does evil as a result of their love for temporal goods; we misidentify the goods of the will (virtues) with temporal goods (wealth, honors, pleasures, physical pleasures and everything that a person cannot acquire of have simply by willing).  

Analysis of St. Augustine’s Confessions

2054 words - 8 pages praises his mother, and eventually comes to praise God, saying: “But now, O Lord, all this is past and time has healed the wound. Let the ears of my heart move close to your lips, and let me listen to you, who are the Truth” (76). So Augustine comes to accept the mysteries of God, in return for His unconditional love. He seems to welcome the idea of a relationship with one who will not judge or even possibly condemn him, as his fellow

asafas

988 words - 4 pages 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

Similar Essays

The Two Forms Of Love In The City Of God By St. Augustine

1750 words - 7 pages , The City of God, Augustine skillfully drew upon two loves: on one hand, a love which is holy: agape, unselfish love, and on the other hand a love which is unholy: distorted love of self; selfishness. Augustine identifies with unselfish love, which is holy love, the love of God, and following God’s rules according to the bible. As contrasted to its opposite, love of self is to the point of contempt of God and neighbor in which these two loves

Love And Duty In Virgil’s Aeneid And Augustine’s Confessions

1626 words - 7 pages that they distract the soul from God. Nonetheless, Augustine shares many of the same experience as the characters in the Aeneid. Augustine discovers that love can be destructive, just as it was for Dido. Both Aeneas and Augustine of them give up love for the sake of duty. Aeneas leaves Dido to fulfill his calling given by the gods. Augustine ends his lustful affairs in order that he may devote himself to his God. In the Aeneid, love is

The Early Enlightenment Of Augustine Essay

1423 words - 6 pages . 1, Ch. 9, Pg. 10). As well as being a slow learner, Augustine the character was also a sinner in the fact that he did not try as hard in school. This was not due to lack of memory or intelligence, but because he liked to play rather than learn. Therefore, this led to him being punished. Augustine the narrator goes on to question this logic by comparing it to adults and business. According the Augustine the narrator, his childhood love for play

Saint Augustine Essay

865 words - 3 pages and moved to Milan where he gained the position of Public Orator. In Milan, Augustine met Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan. Augustine grew to love Ambrose’s allegorical interpretations of the Bible and this led to his appreciation and new understanding of the Scripture. He also studied and learned to appreciate Plato’s works and started linking a lot of his works into the meaning and messages in the Bible. Augustine’s family, including his