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Michael Fonseca April 18, 2008 1. Since older Augustine is only talking about his younger self, it is clear that Augustine believes he had a troubled youth. However, his is a story of conversion. Augustine believes that he himself was misguided and finally “saw the light”. In my opinion, he could have told his own story as a way to say to his listeners that it's never too late to convert to Catholicism. However, since Augustine uses language such as, “But at that time, in my wretchedness,” and verbally punishes himself throughout Confessions . While this point remains, the account can be seen as a story for others to relate to. In that respect, Augustine's verbal abuse is only a nuance compared to the greater message.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Athanasius criticizes the Greek philosophy in all of its aspects. He compares their methods to his own (and all followers of God, according to him), saying You do not hinder the teaching of Christ by your eloquence. But by the mention of Christ cruicified we put all demons to flight, whom you fear as if they were gods. While Greek philosophers used reason to reach their faith, Antony uses his faith in Christ to strengthen his reason. He claims that they ignore sight for arguments, when clearly the work of God is everywhere around them. He then says, for what we know through faith, you attempt to prove through words, and often you are not even able to express what we understand....
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