Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Book 1, Chapter 12

In being forced to apply himself to his studies, Augustine admits that it was for his own good. Yet he says that his teachers did not act good. Augustine attributes the good that was done to him, to God alone. The reason he does not credit his teachers is because their intent was for him to use his education for worldly and un-Godly purposes. Augustine claims that God used the errors of others for his good as well as the punishments from his teachers from his own errors, for his own good.
He again describes himself as a having been a great sinner as a small boy.

It is intersting that he gives no real credit to his teachers. His view of his teachers is as dismal as his view of himself. Wouldn't it have been nice if he would have had an inspirational or memorable teacher in his youth? In contrast, as an adult, during his conversion process, he expresses the highest respect and admiration for those who taught and led him along the way--Ambrose and Simplicianus, to name two.

He ends with the famous sounding line, "...every inordinate affection should be its own punishment."

My entries are getting tedious (and boring!) with plot summary and rote paraphrasing.
I don't have much else to say for many entries. I wish I had more to say in the way of insight or criticism. Writing the summary stuff does helps me to digest the material better though. This is a journal!


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