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Augustine's Pursuit Of A Good Life Exposed In Book V By Augustine

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Augustine gives us a description of his pursuits in Thagatse which consisted of being seduced and deceived. He points out that that he spent his public hours in pursuit of empty, worldly goals and his private hours pursuing a "false religion”. This hypocritical life, in which he sought both material gain and spiritual purity, was nothing but a form of self-destruction. Among Augustine's regrets about this period are his career as a salesman of the tricks of rhetoric and his persistence in keeping a concubine. Although he doesn't say much about this unnamed woman, she stayed with Augustine for nearly ten years, eventually bearing him a son. After the death of a friend Augustine believes that his grief would have been alleviated by faith in God, Augustine…show more content…
Manichee beliefs begin to lose their luster for him during this period, and by the end of the Book he considers himself an unbaptized Christian. In his account of these early times in Milan, Augustine spends most of his time addressing disparate events and discussions that occurred in his circle of friends and family. A number of issues are raised and briefly discussed, most importantly those of marriage and the good life. Ambrose's sermons made an impact on Augustine, particularly in their interpretive approach to the Old Testament. Augustine was also increasingly attracted to the refusal of the church to offer proof of its doctrines. Augustine finds this an engaging form of modesty, and the idea that faith, not reason, is the basis for true knowledge helps alleviate his skepticism to some degree. Turning to events in his daily life at Milan, Augustine recounts some of the issues discussed in his circle of friends. The first concerns a beggar they passed on the way to an important speech Augustine was to
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