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St. Augustine

A Berber philosopher and theologian.

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Hero? Villain? St. Augustine is so misunderstood.

  • Apr 1, 2009
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Praised as a progressive genius as well as blamed for Western Christianity's misogyny, St. Augustine deserves our attention. A fantastic conversation today with a friend at work prompted me to stir this debate. Auggie, as my friend refers to him, is a North African bishop from the fourth century who can come a cross as a "dogmatic jerk" when he isn't understood within the context of his times.  His most viable contributions (in my opinion) to religious thought are mystical, but since that's harder to put in words, that portion of his thinking seems to get lost in so-called objective portrayals of his life. I will recap more of what my friend said later on (I need to get back to work!), but for now, I open it up to all of you geniuses. Why was St. Augustine influential? And are we better off for it today?

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April 01, 2009
Thanks for the great thoughts on St. Augustine. It has been years since I read his works, but this has prompted me to dust them off and crack them open again.
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Awesome book and history, Good read.
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Augustine of Hippo (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius, also known as St. Augustine or St. Austin, was a Berber philosopher and theologian.

Augustine, a Latin church father, is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. Augustine was heavily influenced by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. He framed the concepts of original sin and just war. When the Roman Empire in the West was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name) distinct from the material City of Man. His thought profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. Augustine's City of God was closely identified with the church, and was the community which worshipped God.

Augustine was born in the city of Thagaste, the present day Souk Ahras, Algeria, to a Catholic mother named Monica. He was educated in North Africa and resisted his mother's pleas to become Christian. Living as a pagan intellectual, he took a concubine and became a Manichean. Later he converted to the Catholic Church, became a bishop, and opposed heresies, such as the belief that people can have the ability to choose to be good to such a degree as to merit salvation without divine aid (Pelagianism).

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and the Lutheran Church he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinian religious order; his memorial is celebrated 28 ...
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