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    came to be. With this question came many different answers, from water, atoms and beyond, this topic was probed, discussed and argued about. The Medieval Philosophers, just like everyone else, looked deep into this highly opposing topic, and found the answer which many still agree with today, which is the notion that God is the cause of all creation, or in other words, the creation model. The greatness of the Medieval time period and the creation model is held within the proof they found that the earth and all things in it came to be through God, by examining the nature of God, the existence of God and finally the fundamental relationship between faith and reason. While previous philosophers tried to discover what one thing created everything, Medieval philosophers flawlessly rationalized that God is the cause of all existence by believing that there is reason for the universe. God was the fundamental topic of Medieval philosophy, and as Francis Parker stated in his work The Story of Western Philosophy, “The... idea of God is most fundamentally distinctive of medieval philosophy” (Parker 132). Many previous philosophers asked themselves whether or not there is a world that exists, however Medieval philosophers asked themselves instead why the world exists. By simply switching the question around…

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    Medieval Philosophy Essay

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    Medieval Philosophy is the most mind boggling class I’ve ever taken. There are several opinions I have about the topic on religion. I believe that there is only one God and that he is “Good”, all knowing and all powerful. Also the way Plotinus looked at the “One” and explained gave me a new way of looking at the topic. Lastly I will be talking about religion as a whole and the many ideas behind religion and faith. As mentioned before, I believe that there is one God and that he is “Good”. If…

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    Why Does Evil Exist

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    In more ways than one St. Augustine of Hippo has made everyone question why evil exists if God is literal perfection. Most people might answer that evil exists because God decided to give everyone free will. However, St. Augustine believes that evil stems from ex nihilo or out of nothing. He says that we are all evil and that nothing we do is ever done with true good intentions (Augustine, City of God). Somehow, there’s always some type of ulterior motive that sometimes even we are not even…

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    Medieval philosophers built arguments and ideas based on the assumptions that God must be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. But are God and evil truly physical beings? This was the question that faced Saint Augustine as he entered Milan in the late fourth century. Under the Manichee, Augustine was taught to imagine God as a physical mass. Catholics in Milan, however, taught that God was a spiritual presence. If God is a being with a physical mass, this puts his omnipresence and…

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    Within the Confessions St. Augustine divides his thoughts up into various sections of his life. Two sections that spoke out more than the rest were firstly the topic of his dear friend who had passed away; the next was that of the consolation in others. St. Augustine pondered on the memories that he had shared with his fellow friend along with the grieving process that encompassed death. He looked to God to help him cope with the loss as well as the fluctuating emotions that entailed. As humans,…

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    The perception of the relationship between and the Earth’s population has varied vastly throughout time, even within the same religion. While the earliest conceptions envision a God who embodies general human behavior, St. Augustine, one of the most influential thinkers throughout the history of Christianity, posits a much different view in his self-described letter to God Confessions. Prior to his days of devout piety, St. Augustine had subscribed to the faith of the Manichees, preventing him…

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    with how to explain it. He was heavily burdened trying to understand the nature of evil, and along with this, the nature of God. He attempted to find a way to define or explain God by looking at the forms of our physical world. Later when he turned inward and understood God as pure being, he was able to theorize that evil comes from corruption, which is in a sense good, because it exists and was created by God. Some things are simply “not fit” for other things or situations. Human will was…

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    Evil is a complex issue within the Catholic faith. It is difficult to put a definition to what evilness is because it is not something that can physically be touched or seen. Philosophers such as, St. Augustine and Boethius, have proposed ideas that transform the way Catholics view evil, and help to give a better understanding of faith and God. These two philosophers have expressed their opinions on this very controversial topic in depth in Augustine’s Confessions and again in the Consolation of…

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    Throughout The Confessions, Saint Augustine of Hippo plays a big role in influencing Christianity. Augustine took ideas from pre-Christian thinkers, and was very influential in getting those ideas about Christianity out to the world. Augustine was very effective in getting his ideas about Christianity out; he was effective at getting his points across, especially when he compared his ideas to Ovid, the idea of internal verses external, and the concept of fate. In The Confessions, Augustine and…

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    view till today. St. Augustine bishop of Hippo had an immense influenced the development of western ideological and political thoughts. This was because St. Augustine gave important insights that were taken up by successors, scholars and experts of politics and government. These thoughts by later scholars that were based on Augustinian foundations generally developed along lines that Augustine presumably would not have wished. St. Augustine Bishop of Hippo never postulated a political theory of…

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