Confessions Books VII-VIII
1. Why does St. Augustine still struggle in his understanding of God?
2. What conclusions does St. Augustine draw about the origin and cause of evil?
3. How do the Platonists help St. Augustines spiritual search? How do they hurt it?
4. What attracted St. Augustine to embrace an inward, mystical communion with God?
5. What does St. Augustine learn from reading the Epistles of St. Paul?
1. At the beginning of the chapter, St. Augustine confesses his intellectual belief in the God of the Bible. Whats the difference between this sort of faith and the faith God wants us to have?
2. St. Augustine says that we knew God intellectually, but as yet I was reluctant to pass through the strait gate (p. 128). What does he mean?
3. Why did Simplicianus tell St. Augustine the story of Victorinuss conversion?
4. St. Augustine says couldnt fully embrace God because habit had become an armed enemy against me (p. 134). Explain how St. Augustine is using the word habit in the context of Chapter V.
5. What story does Ponticianus tell St. Augustine? Why? What is St. Augustines reaction to the story?
6. Discuss the conflict within St. Augustines mind in the moments leading up to his conversion.
7. When St. Augustine throws himself under a fig tree and prays for Gods assistance, what happens next?
8/ How does St. Augustines conversion change his outlook on life?