Augustine’s Moral Vision

In the first two books of Augustine’s Confessions there seems to be a struggle with the role of God and how He fits into the early years of childhood.  His moral vision could be defined as being how he perceived God at the time and how Augustine struggled with trying to view God from a childhood perspective.  For example, when Augustine talks about how he stole peaches in his adolescent years and the feelings it gave him to do something forbidden and go against god he struggles with his own motivation for his acts in the first place; he even states that he would not have stolen anything if he had not had companions along with him committing the same crimes.  In the first book dealing with Augustine’s school day years there is not confusion in Augustine of what he should and should not do, however; in his own moral implications into the situation he does not find the small amount of cheating to result in anything punishable by God.  Throughout the two books Augustine is conversing to God as an audience and recounting his almost trivial sins of boyhood years although Augustine is also questioning how God is involved throughout his life.

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~ by wolfangel87 on November 18, 2010.

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