What Did You Learn About Augustine's Conversion?

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What did you learn about Augustine's conversion? In the Everett Ferguson’s book, Church History, he says, “ Augustine is a towering figure in church history…. And… Augustine has continued to be a major influence in theology for both Catholics especially in his views on the church and the sacraments and Protestants especially in regard to grace and salvation.” [1] How did Augustine influence in theology especially in regard to grace and salvation? I think the reason is that Augustine’s conversion came from absolute the grace of God not by his deed or endeavors as we know he was far from God. So, Augustine emphasized the grace of God in his theological writings. For example, Augustine says in his book, Answer to the Pelagians, “ Conversion Proves the Gratuity of Grace—For, if faith comes only from free choice and is not given by God, why do we pray that those who do not want to believe may come to believe? We would surely do this to no purpose if we were not perfectly correct in believing that almighty God can convert to the faith even perverse wills which are opposed to the faith.” [2] Augustine's path to conversion was long. He had sought about the wisdom for the salvation but he found finally grace in the only way to be saved. He found his salvation in one miraculous moment of divine intervention. Therefore we can learn that salvation comes only by grace not by human endeavor from Augustine’s conversion. So, this is true that John 6:44 says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Also, Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” Who witnessed to him? The most significant person who witnessed to Augustine was Augustine’s mother, Monica. She witnessed to him by her prayer

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