Saint Augustine 's Life Of Augustine

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Saint Augustine

The Life of Augustine
Augustine was born in North Africa in AD 354 in the city of Thagaste. His father, Patricius, was a pagan and his mother, Monica, a devoted Catholic who relentlessly prayed for her son 's salvation. Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote Confessions between AD 397 and AD 398. He is regarded as a great theologian, philosopher, and one of most prolific Latin author 's of many works. Augustine was schooled at Tagaste and Madaura and later at Carthage where he became interested in Latin literature and became a teacher of literature and public speaking. Later in Milan he converted to Catholicism and was baptized, ordained, and eventually became the Bishop of Hippo. He is still considered an influential, but very controversial bishop of the Catholic Church (Smither, 2009).

Confessions of Saint Augustine
Augustine wrote Confessions while he was a bishop at Hippo. The book was written using a peculiar and very original style. It is a type of conversation from Augustine directed towards God. The book is a form of autobiography, written in thirteen books that are bound together by the theme of God 's grace and redemption. His own life is testimony to this as God 's love is seen in each stage he went through along his journey back to the truth (Pusey, 2014).
Throughout the entire book Augustine uses philosophical and theological reasoning; he also includes an exegesis of biblical scripture. In the first nine books are written as an autobiography where he…

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