Reflection on Confessions

This essay will help you learn to see that because God works in our lives, our stories tell God's story.

The Confessions of St. Augustine, written in the late fourth century, is one of the most influential books in the Western world. This text is the pioneer of "spiritual autobiography."

Choose two episodes from either (a) Augustine's narrative, or (b) your own (after the way Augustine chooses episodes in his own life). Explain each in terms of one or more of the theological concepts presented in lectures, Jinkins, Rutledge, McLaren, etc. You will want both to describe the doctrines you appeal to, and apply or illustrate those doctrines to moments in either Augustine's life or yours. Consider doctrines such as the following:

God's hiddenness and/or God's ways of self-revelation;
God's attributes;
Creation and the human role(s) in it;
God's providence;
The human
imago dei;
The nature and effects of sin;
Depravity and the extent of grace;
Cultures/religions as Neo describes them in McLaren chs 8-10.

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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