• This is the story of Augustine's transformation from a young man driven by ambition and lust to the famous Christian monk.
• Augustine comes from a humble background, and through his intellectual gifts, becomes a leading teacher of rhetoric.
• Augustine talks about the primacy of sin, and that human beings sin even when they are infants.
• As a school boy, he is told that he sinned, and is beaten for playing ball when he should be working at his studies.
• These beatings were only to please his teachers so that the students will become the men the teachers wanted.
• Augustine fears that the pagan myths that he learned studying literature led to his personal corruption.
• Augustine says he benefited from his studies of Latin and Greek literature, but resents how he was led astray morally by some of the stories.
• So, already in boyhood, Augustine sees the...
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