Essay on Augustine 's Confessions By Saint Augustine

1870 Words May 24th, 2016 null Page
Saint Augustine’s “Confessions” is written to explain Saint Augustine’s conversion to Christianity. It is important to note that even though “Confessions” is an autobiography, the author is not the exact same person as the Augustine character that appears in the text. The author uses “Confessions” to argue that the motives and manner in how education is taught, such as Augustine’s schooling and Manichee teachings, puts the focus on pleasure of oneself and others. As a result, this strays oneself away from learning about God due to how Augustine’s teachers, both from school and Manichaeism, turn the focus towards gratification. The author argues this by associating the motives and intentions behind Augustine’s teachings with selfishness while implying to readers that learning about God is the righteous and correct path.
In just the beginning book, the author outright states the problem with Augustine’s school teachers. He writes, “These things I declare and confess to thee, my God. I was applauded by those whom I then thought it my whole duty to please, for I did not perceive the gulf of infamy wherein I was cast away from thy eyes.” (A, 1: XVIII). The author uses this to convey to the audience how the intentions of Augustine’s school teachers are misaligned to what really matters, God. He does this by using Augustine’s honesty to appeal to readers’ reasoning that Augustine had no control in being swayed away from the path to God when writing “these things I declare and…

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