Essay about John Augustine 's Confessions, St. Augustine

1705 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
There are many different ways to understand the world: ontologically, epistemologically, and ethically. All of these intellectual understandings are interconnected in such a way that there is no straightforward way to understand the world. Ontology, what is known, can lead to epistemology, how it is known. Yet, ethics can also lead to epistemology or ontology, or vice versa. In his book Confessions, St. Augustine explores the cohesive interconnectedness of ontology, epistemology, and ethics. He came to know the world through these three pathways through his childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and his conversion to Christianity. Through his experiences, teachings, and explorations of different faiths, St. Augustine explains his ontological, epistemological, and ethical understandings of the world. During his adolescent years, St. Augustine deemed himself a great sinner. His ethics and morals were skewed and misguided, as he recalled, “Bodily desire, like morass, and adolescent sex welling up within me exuded mists which clouded over and obscured my heart, so that I could not distinguish the clear light of true love from the murk of lust” (II.2.43). With a Christian mother and pagan father, St. Augustine saw two different ethical worlds; one of truth and following God’s will, the other of lust, passions, and human drives. Not only was he lustful towards women, “One day at the public baths he [father] saw the signs of active virility coming to life in me and this…

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