Discussion Post #1 (at least 125 words)
In Book I of Confessions, Augustine discusses his childhood where he refers to himself as “so tiny a child, so great a sinner.”
Based on what you have learned from Lecture 1 on The Confessions, why did Augustine see himself that way?
Describe at least two of the examples that Augustine gives of his sinful behavior. Why does he see such behavior as sinful and against God’s will?
What is your opinion of his view of human nature? Is it outmoded or still relevant?
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Discussion Post #2 (at least 125 words)
Magna Carta, the charter of English liberties granted by King John on June 15, 1215, under threat of civil war and reissued, with alterations, in 1216, 1217, and 1225. By declaring the sovereign to be subject to the rule of law and documenting the liberties held by “free men,” the Magna Carta provided the foundation for individual rights in Anglo-American jurisprudence.
Here is a link which shows you the complexity of the Magna Carta (via The Magna Carta Project). Take the time to peruse it, so you will get an idea of the issues of the day between the baron landlords and John, the king.
Here is the text of our Declaration of Independence (via the National Archives). Think of two aspects of rights that are touched upon in both documents and present two ideas from each document to give an indication of perspectives. Are the perspectives for each aspect either similar or different (or both)? Explain your thoughts.