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Just so, the prodigal son of the Scriptures went away from his father's house not by any outward act — by taking horse, carriage, or ship — but by his wilful determination to squander what he had from his father on pleasures that the world provided and approved though he knew that his father did not. Yet Augustine asserts that, like the father in the story of the prodigal son, God does not abandon us and is patient and full of compassion if only we repent and seek to hold on to his truth rather than the world's.
6. Augustine's most complete discussion of words as signs is found in DDC. Sed/recolo? (10/5-7). Non/meus (10/13-16). Sic/hominum (11/4-8). , salty vs sweet, or drinkable, water). Compare XIII,xvii,20 and the very explicit passage from EP (LXIV,9) cited by P. de Labriolle in his useful edition of the Confessions, Paris, Collection Guillaume Bude, "Les Belles Lettres," Vol. 2, p. 380, n. 1, and quoted in BA, Vol. 14, p. 461, n. 1. , bounding the lowest part of the underworld, see Vergil, Aeneid VI, 577.
He points to a rational order of divine origin which, in no way disturbed by man's sin, can bring good out of corrupt intentions and which also invariably brings punishment to those who break its laws. He gives this matter a much fuller treatment in later chapters. Here he raises the point for the sake of completeness — having done the same at the end of his discussion of infancy — since this chapter marks the end of his treatment of early childhood. Later childhood: I,xiii,20-I,xx,31 At a certain point in Augustine's childhood a change of sorts occurred: from hating his studies and seeking to flee from them he came to love them and threw himself into them completely.
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