Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, by Peter Brown - Chapter 6, Part 2 - Chapters 14, 15 & 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 6, Part 2 - Chapters 14, 15 & 16 Summary and Analysis

Popular election of leadership is modeled in Chapter 14, when Augustine is found and selected by the bishop Valerius and his local congregation. They do not make him a bishop - a role he was afraid of, but they force him into being one of their priests. Valerius was more than happy to take Augustine under his wing, and was accepting of Augustine's wish to found a monastery. In fact, he helped the new order get established, albeit humbly. This controlled much of Augustine's life, after the beginnings of his life as a Servant of God ; the symbolic form of servitude chosen intentionally was that of a slave. Valerius and Augustine were both considered eccentric. The Manichee and the Catholic had the reserve political situation in Hippo, where the Catholics were actively persecuted by the law...

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