St. Augustine: “I have become a problem to myself”

“It was during the Renaissance that [Augustine’s] conception of the self came under serious challenge, most powerfully in Montaigne’s ­’Essays,’ which mocked the idea of sin and preached self-acceptance… As modern people we have chosen Montaigne over Augustine. We traded pious self-­cultivation for undemanding self-e­steem. But is love of self really enough to be happy? You know the answer to that, dear reader. And so did Augustine.” [Read Article]