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The content of my paper will be an analysis of Augustines Confessions I will focus on the first nine chapters of the book First I will write an introductory page about Augustine Second I will explain why Augustine wrote the Confessions and the importance of the Confessions as a philosophical work I will analyze Augustines view of God and show the main theme of his book which is the sovereign God of grace and the sovereign grace of God I will focus on Augustines view of God and His grace Augustine was born Aurelius Augustinus on November 13 354 in North Africa He received a classical Latin education and went to study rhetoric at the age of twelve in Madaura He later studied at Cathrage and became a Manichean After reading Ciceros Hortensius Augustine was inspired to dedicate himself to the study of philosophy He opened a school of rhetoric in Cathrage he later went on to teach in Milan In 386 he had his conversion and was baptized later In 391 Augustine was appointed Bishop of Hippo He is considered the greatest Church Father He was a defender of the Catholic faith and wrote and developed many doctrines to combat the heresies of his day including his most famous rejection of the Pelagian doctrine Pelagianism denied original sin and affirmed the ability of human beings to be righteous by the exercise of free will Augustine insisted on the fallen nature of man and the need for salvation by divine grace 592 Augustine was also a great philosopher His analysis of the nature of time skepticism and the relationship between divine foreknowledge and human freedom are all important philosophical contributions His two most famous writings are the Confessions and The City of God They are both theological as well as philosophical works Augustine wrote the Confessions ten years after his conversion The Confessions is divided into thirteen books I will focus my analysis on the
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