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) your own story (appealing to them as Augustine uses anecdotes from his own life) or (b) Augustine's own narrative. Explain each in terms of one or more of the theological concepts presented in the course — especially McKim and lectures, and optionally Newbigin and Barron. Describe the doctrines you appeal to, apply or illustrate those doctrines to moments in either your life or Augustine's, and evaluate the connections. What light do these doctrines shed on the life you are examining, and vice versa?

Consider doctrines such as the following: creation and the human role(s) in it, God's providence, the human imago dei, the nature and effects of sin, depravity and the priority of grace, and election.

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Focus on Harvey chapter 2. 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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