Is Augustine Died As A Religious Fanatic?

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Although Augustine died as a religious fanatic, according to some critics, obsessed with finding the perfect image of God, and while it is relatively simple to undermine the significance of his confessions purely based on romantic language he adopted in praising God, he was a human, first and foremost. His mortality, his humanness, some would say, exudes from Confession, and even he was quick to reiterate his human vices. His sins, as he labels them, did not reduce his importance, however, as it was his very human nature, his proneness to commit sin without hesitation until he receives guidance from an external source, which bound him to humanity, past and present. If Augustine had been baptized as a child, grown into an adult without ever straying from the “true path,” and died as an ardent Christian, he would have lived an ideal life but would have been disconnected with humanity’s suffering; his confessions would have been obscure and ungraspable, and his mind and heart unappreciative of the blessings he had received. For the reality was that only those who had suffered alongside their human brothers and sisters, committed sins, and had been lost could truly appreciate being found. Therefore, while he lived ages ago in a world much different from today, his confessions and life story resonate with all of humanity, especially the youth who are liable to stray and divulge in confusion, and maintain his position as a relevant figure in the twenty-first century. While the

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