Augustine and Conversion
Conversion can best be defined as surrendering a particular way of life in order to accept another. The very nature of this process indicates the presence of sacrifice. The convert acts almost entirely on faith, giving up the life that seemed right, a life in which they were comfortable, relying only on the assumption that letting Jesus into their hearts will give their life more meaning and direction then what they had
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pleasures of sex were heavily outweighed by the lasting spiritual improvements that Christianity would bring
“... he appeared to me not so much brave as happy, because he had found a reason for giving his time wholly to you. For this was what I was longing to do; but as yet I was bound by my own will” (Chapter 5). Augustine’s first-hand experience with conversion makes his conversion philosophy one that can be seen as correct.