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Summary of Sections in Augustine’s Confessions 1. Augustine wants to spread the truth about his own life to bring others into the light.2. We cannot hide from God; God knows what exactly is in our soul. God knows us better than we know us.3. Augustine is making this confession to the Lord, not to the people, as the Lord knows the truth. He is speaking so that people who have love in their hearts will hear him.4.Augustine wants his story to show that God is full of forgiveness and that anyone can absolve and correct the mistakes of his past by not repeating them in the future. 5. “A brotherly mind will love in me what you teach to be lovable, and will regret in me what you teach to be regrettable.”6. God has commanded Augustine to serve him, and by telling his story, he is serving God’s people, his brothers and sisters in Christ. 7. God is truly the judge of our soul. Only God can judge our sins, because He is the only one who truly knows what lies in our hearts.8. Memory is an interesting subject, because memory is different in every single human being.9. “All physical evidence is reported to the mind which presides and judges of the responses of heaven and earth and all things in them…”10. Facts exist beyond what we believe we have experienced and witnessed.11. If we forget something, the knowledge is not completely forgotten, but simply is unable to be seen. We need to search for this knowledge deep within ourselves. 12. We do not need senses, a common language, or to share the same qualities in order to understand basic principles of humanity.13. We can also remember remembering; we can recall that we have remembered certain feelings and events. 14. Augustine poses an interesting question: how can we remember emotions without necessarily feeling them?15. How we keep these vivid images in our memory of places and things is a mystery.16. Augustine asks a puzzling question, “How is it possible that we recall that we have been forgetful, when being forgetful is an absence of remembrance?”17. God is far beyond our human memory; God exists in our hearts and souls, not just in our minds.18. Learning is organizing what we have experienced and witnessed.19. We can understand what we lose and know when we find it within our memory.20. Augustine wonders if happiness is truly memory.21. Happiness is experienced by each and every human being and is not just an experience for a single human being.22. True happiness is to love God. This is ultimate truth. 23. Augustine wonders if people do not want to be happy, as happiness is truth. 24. Augustine says that he known God since he first learned about Him. 25.  Augustine wonders where God resides inside of his mind.26. “Great is the power of memory, an awe-inspiring mystery, my God, a power of profound and infinite multiplicity.”27. An object can be lost to the eyes, but held in memory. 28. We must search for memory that we lose within our own memory.29. “When I seek for you, my God, my quest is for the happy life.”30. The true happy life is not seen with our own eyes.31. Augustine confesses that he overindulges in food, but cannot totally give up food. He has difficulty between distinguishing needs and wants. 32. Augustine believes that he could do without some of his senses, such as smell.33. Being too attached to material items can lead to sin, because we are overindulging. 34. Augustine believes that he can be freed of being distracted by material beauty. 35. Augustine argues that curiosity can be dangerous, because sometimes human beings seek out evil or disturbing things, because we seek knowledge. 36. We are tempted most of all to be loved. Sometimes we seek this selfishly. 37. Augustine ponders the sins that he does not remember committing. 38. Augustine warns of the dangers of being prideful, saying that is easy to be proud of oneself. Questio on Education and HappinessPros: Education is fundamental to the faith. If we seek knowledge, then we can truly be happy. The more we understand about our world, the more we can appreciate what God has truly given us. God gave us this earth to take care of, so it is necessary for us to learn about it. When we fully know about ourselves and our world, we can truly be happy knowing what great gifts God has given us. Education is necessary for happiness.Cons: True truth is in God. We do not need a secondary education other than the Bible. All of God’s truth is there, so we do not need to seek other knowledge. Curiosity often leads us to discover evil, and it is easier to give into temptation when we seek knowledge at all costs. All knowledge that we need to know, we will fully realize in Heaven after we die. Education will not lead to happiness; it will only lead us to sin.Reasons: We cannot seek perfect happiness in this lifetime; perfect happiness is only achievable in heaven. However, we can seek the truth by educating ourselves. The closer we come to the truth, the closer we become to God. Thus, it is important to educate ourselves in order to be happy. BonusNarnia is an effective tale about the Christian faith due to its metaphors that are easy for even children to understand. The metaphor of Jesus as a lion, who is considered a “king” in the animal world is a clever metaphor, as is the way that Aslan rises from the dead after three days like Jesus Christ. Another effective element is how each child can represent a certain Apostle. For example, Edmund can represent Judas, because of his betrayal, but instead of the dark ending for Judas that the bible presents, Edmund redeems himself and is forgiven by Aslan for betraying his siblings. 

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