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In the narrative of The Confessions of St Augustine Augustine is searching testing and refuting different ways of the world through which he seeks happiness and contentment Along his journey are several experiences that completely alter the direction of his course the death of his friend and soulmate which brings complete bitterness and melancholy upon all his former pleasures the empty eloquence of Faustus the man revered by all the Manichees as supremely wise and his journey to Milan where he meets Bishop Ambrose and discovers that the Christian faith can indeed be defended upon logical grounds The final turning point is the most important for it marks the beginning of Augustines conversion to the Christian faith a complete turning over of his will to God Ambivalence and affinity for worldly pleasures make this conversion a long and painful one that culminates with a cathartic shedding of tears Augustine makes his way to Rome in order to find students serious in their studies not prone to subversive behavior in the classroom he finds the students there serious as reported but prone to an equally maddening flaw evading the fees of their scholarship When the opportunity arises to make way for Milan and fill a position for professor of rhetoric Augustine snatches the chance and begins yet another journey Here he meets Bishop Ambrose who he finds can defend the illogical nature of Scripture and make it sensible and logical The beginning of monumental change in the Saints life begins Though I did not realize it I was led to him Ambrose by you so that with full realization I might be led to you by him That man of God welcomed me as a father and in the capacity of bishop was kind enough to approve of my coming thereI was drawing gradually nearer p 108 Through the influence of Ambrose Augustine decides to abandon the Manichees altogether convinced if nothing else
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