Saint Augustine of Hippo, Christian travel

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Saint Augustine, Christian travel
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Augustine of Hippo (354-430).
The greatest of the Latin Christian Fathers and African theologians and one of the outstanding thinkers of all time. Augustine was of Berber descent and almost certainly Black. His mother, Monica, was a Christian whose virtues he praised. But at Carthage he was drawn into sexual excesses: later, while studying rhetoric and philosophy, he came under the influence of Manichaism followed by Neoplatonism. In the spring of 387, after many sessions with Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, and the study of the Bible, Augustine was baptized.




Augustin in his study

The events of Augustine's life are recorded in his Confessions which is a spiritual classic and the first real work of Christian autobiography. Augustine's Christinaity remained strongly ascetic and his writings display a remarkably African ethos.

In 396 he was consecrated Bishop of Hippo and remained a pastor until his death. For more than thirty years Augustine was the leading the theologian in African Christianity. In 410 the Goths sacked Rome and the pagans blamed the Christians whose God they said caused the disaster. Augustine put the capstone on his theological activity by defending the Christians against this charge in his great work The City of God.

Augustine's theology helped bring about the Protestant Reformation and deeply influenced early Protestant theologians such as Martin Luther and John Calvin who were strongly Augustinian in their outlook.

The Rule of St. Augustine an early monastic rule attributed to Augustine of Hippo outlining life in the monastery. It deeply influenced the Dominican Order.

Copyright Irving Hexham 1999