Augustine 's And Egeria 's Idea Of Memory Essay

1461 Words Feb 9th, 2016 6 Pages
In this essay, I would like to relate Augustine’s and Egeria’s idea of memory with the use of scripture to the question of individuality. For Augustine, reflection of will and understanding Scriptures are essential in shaping one’s individuality; as for Egeria, it is the act of reading and writing to connect Scripture to the physical world. By defining individuality as the unique journey of the individual, Scriptures provide a central point of conversion to direct one’s memory toward his or her newly converted identity. The motivation to learn Scriptures establishes and reorganizes the contents of the memory of one’s self-identity, and this awareness also becomes a guide that sets a basis for divine interaction and teaches the ways of Christianity.
In Confessions, memory is the origin of self-reflection where all the scattered experiences are brought into consciousness of the reflected and reflecting self, are stored. Though Augustine does not describe the relation between his motivation to understand God and memory in an explicit manner, through the understanding and acceptance of scripture and sins, Augustine is able to convert into a devout Christian. So, Confessions becomes an expression of Augustine’s memory of how his will has transitioned from his misinterpreted view of Christianity to retreating his faith back into God and his power. It describes how his will deviated from the love of God, wandered aimlessly, and finally reoriented in attraction to God. When…

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