St-AugustineCanterbury_bWell, it’s been a little while since I wrote one of these, and I’ll be honest… I’ve been reading City of God lately… so this might be more of a theological challenge than a philosophical challenge. Hopefully it’ll be fun anyway. So, near the beginning of the book Augustine presents the concept that wrongs forced upon the body unwillingly (rape is an easy example here) have no corrupting influence. His reasoning here is that it is the wickedness of the soul that defiles the body, and the defilement of the body does not corrupt the soul in any meaningful way. This reasoning leads to the argument that if a wrong is forced upon the body, the individual cannot be held accountable for that particular wrong, because the wrong did not originate from the individual’s soul. However, if a wrong originates in the soul, then it has a corrupting influence, even it that wrong is never acted out by the members of the body (for instance, if you lust after a woman in your heart, then you have committed adultery). So, here is my challenge to you today. Consider Augustine’s argument here and decide whether you agree, disagree, agree but with some alterations, disagree but accept some parts… you get the idea. Then, write for me a story of 1000 words that presents and defends your conclusions about Augustine’s concept here. Have fun!

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