Augustineâ€™s Conversion in bookPaper Rating: Word Count: 1280 Approx Pages: 5
In books VII and VIII of Augustine's autobiography of his life and faith he discusses his reasoning for converting to Catholicism. One fascination Augustine carries throughout the entire Confessions is his interest in philosophy; in Book VII he explains how Neoplatonism allowed him to understand the Catholic beliefs better. He begins by admitting that at this point in his life he is only able to comprehend substance as something that is tangible (VII 1). At this point in his life he had rejected the belief Manicheen Dualistic belief that Good and Evil are two apposing forces and was now trying to comprehend a God that he reiterate many times as being "imperishable, inviolable and immutable (VII 1).
Augustine struggles with this idea of God existing if he has no substance that he can see. He then tries to image God as sunlight, who is life of his life, but then realizes God is something he can not just imagine, but that is just the way he is accustomed to thinking he says (VII 2). He then goes on to discuss how in Carthage he got in a discussion about why God would allow evil to exist and realized that they argument was extremely weak and in fact, the substance of God is incorruptible (VII 3). From this poin