Confessions : An Influential Western Patristic Writers Of The Late 4th Century
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In the beginning, Augustine sees sin (sin = evil) as being deliberate and references it as such in Book II of his Confessions. “There was a pear tree near our vineyard, loaded with fruit that was attractive neither to look at nor to taste. Late one night a band of ruffians, myself included, went off to shake down the fruit and carry it away, for we had continued our games out of doors until well after dark…..we took away an enormous quantity of pears, not to eat them ourselves, but simply to throw them to the pigs….our real pleasure consisted in doing something that was forbidden” Meaning, in his terms, he did it because he could or to quote his favorite scripture writer, Paul, I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. – Romans 7:15 (NRSV). As to say, sin is part of who we are and therefore it is something we cannot escape.
One of his…