During this period, extreme asceticism was a standard to be admired and emulated.
The heroes of Augustine's Christian contemporaries were spiritual athletes like St.
Nonetheless, it is Augustine's negative views about sexuality that predominate.
In her book Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, the religious scholar Elaine Pagels is critical of Augustine's equation of sex with original sin, identifying Augustine as a source of Western society's negative attitudes about sexuality.
During his Shepard time, he was converted to the Lord and then after 6 years, God gave him a dream to leave Ireland for his “ship awaits”. Patrick travel two hundred miles to where God told him the ship would be and boarded it and set sails back to his homeland in Britain.
Now while among his family, he had another dream, this time a voice spoke to him telling him to return to Ireland.
And later there was many boasting of bringing religion to the Irish.
It spoke on how they never knew God and cherished idols.
In the story that Ponticianus tells Augustine, not only the two young Roman officials but also their fiancées instantly decide to give up everything — including sex and marriage — to dedicate themselves fully to God.
Against such a backdrop, Augustine's assertion that there may be a legitimate outlet for sexuality, in marriage and the procreation of children, sounds almost radically liberal.