Augustine Of Hippo ( 354-430 )

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Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was a North African man who took an extremely tumultuous path to sainthood. In his early years, he led a crazy and immoral lifestyle. A driven professor of rhetoric, Augustine’s had lofty worldly goals and a weak sense of conscience. His intense drive to be successful would later create a major problem for him when trying to fully give his life to God. At an early age, Augustine began thinking his mother’s strong sense of Christianity was too uneducated for him. Because he was used to his scholarly readings, he found the Bible to be written in an extremely unsophisticated way. This, along with questions behind the truth of the Old Testament, led him to convert to Manichaean beliefs as a young man. Manichaeism was a religion that taught that the world was made up of a battle between two things, good and evil, and neither could fully suppress the other. Manichaeans put faith in astrology, which was a major interest of Augustine, and interpreted God as a great physical mass of being. Eventually, Augustine let go of these beliefs, converted to Christianity, became a bishop, and even ended up getting ordained as a saint. In this essay, we will look at how Augustine’s three major mentors influenced him to lead to his eventual conversion. We will first look at what Augustine took from Faustus, a highly-regarded philosopher of the Manichees, next study his interactions with Ambrose, bishop of Milan, and finish by analyzing the lesson he…
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