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Brett Walter HUM 205 Paper 9 Evil and the Confessions of St Augustine Aurelius Augustine lived from 354 -430 AD During his life Augustine introduced some extremely important philosophical ideas with regards to these concepts of evil These concepts were introduced in a direct defense of the Christian faith Prior to St Augustines time many philosophers questioned the picture of evil painted by the Christians This picture portrayed evil as a being generated in a world which was created by a perfectly good God It is understandable that many philosophers had reservations regarding this belief as it seemed contradictory in nature While the overall outlook of evil is a complicated issue St Augustine offered some good explanations for the problem Today in many peoples minds the question of evil has been answered for the most part however there are still those who disbelieve St Augustines interpretation of the dispute In my opinion I believe there is good reason for todays disagreement as the question of evil is inherent to understanding Christiantys big picture As such it is not something that can be easily explained At first St Augustine devised the idea that evil was the result of an alternate force which existed outside of Gods Creation and functioned primarily as a nemesis to God It was shortly afterwards that Augustine realized the problem with his solution Christianity states that God is the sole Creator of the world to include everything that exists both inside and outside of it With that being the case Augustines initial theory had absolutely no validity so it was back to the drawing board for St Augustine Augustines next speculation related closely to Platonic theory which declared that evil is not real and therefore was not created by God I personally find this concept a little difficult to believe because I think that if God had no intention of evil appearing within his Creation then with nothing to
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