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the-confessions-saint-augstine-of-hippoSymbolsGods House Represents a transcendent heaven, the realm nearest to God, where inhabitants contemplate God Mother Church Symbolizes the Catholic Church, which guides and shelters the faithful and is the body of Christ on earthPears Stand for the sin of perversity, an extreme act of ego gratification and misuse of the will Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Mysticism of Saint AugustinebyJohn Peter Kenney, Saint Augustine by Garry WillsCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Augustine, Book 10, Section 1ou are the strength of my soul; make your way in and shape it to yourself.The Confessionsby the NumbersTimes Augustine had a vision of God in The Confessions2Age at which Augustine converted to Christianity32Years Augustine lived with his common-law wife~14Words written by Augustine that people read today>5MSAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO354–430AuthorAn authority of the Catholic Church after the conversion described in his Confessions, Augustine produced work important to Western philosophy. He adapted aspects of Neoplatonic thought to Christian beliefs, creating a strong theological foundation for the new religion still being shaped in his lifetime.Main CharactersAugustine Man of great intelligence with a burning heart, whose search for truth leads him to a transcendent GodBishop Ambrose Wise teacher; clarifies Catholicism for AugustineGodGiver of love and divine grace; source of true joyMonicaAugustines devoted Catholic mother; receiver of spiritual gifts AlypiusDevoted friend and intellectual companion; follows Augustine in converting to ChristianityAugustine gives an account of his life, from birth to baptism into Catholicism, using his own story as an object lesson to convert readers to his theological views. He testifies to his experience of God's love and explains the first book of the Bible, Genesis, both implicitly in his life story and explicitly in a final exegesis.Only God Curesthe Restless HeartMAIN IDEASTranscendent God God is immaterial, exists everywhere, and is timeless and changeless.Good & EvilEverything God creates is good; evil is the absence of God or turning away from God. Gods SolaceThe soul is restless until it rests in God, its only true happiness and consolation.Grace & SalvationA soul is saved with Gods grace, not simply by its own effort.LatinOriginal Language397401Years WrittenSaint Augustine of HippoAuthorThe ConfessionsPhilosophyNonfiction

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