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Unformatted text preview: On the P rofit of Believing
The following is an analysis of St. Augustine's argument. 1. Thesis: "In a matter of religions, that is, of the worship and knowledge of God, they are less to be followed, who forbid us to believe, making most ready professions of reason." a. This statement is the main argument which Augustine wishes to prove 2. He also has a follow up argument which is as follows: ""And, this being so, who of moderate understanding, but will clearly see, that it is more useful and more healthful for fools to obey to precepts of the wise, than to li e by their own judgment. i. Therefore, He states that those who forbid us to belive, are fools. ii. The fools mentioned above are those who do not take the word of the wise. iii. The wise are those that believe in God and hold a knowledge of him. b. He has several arguments that follow some of which include: i. Everything that is not r ightly done is classified a sin ii. In order for something to be r ight, it must come from wise men's actions (or from religious reason). iii. Augustine also argues that "all fools would live better, if they could be slaves to the wise." 3. He concludes the argument by saying that we are by nature fools, and we must seek "wise men" in order for our actions not to be sin. The only way our actions cannot be sin is to have reason, and to have reason they must come from the knowledge of wise men. ...
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This essay was uploaded on 02/09/2008 for the course PHIL 111.2 taught by Professor Sturman during the Fall '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Fall '06