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Augustine

Saint Aurelius Augustine of Hippo lived from 354 - 430 A.D. He was the Bishop of Milan in North Africa and is considered a Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church. He is a well-known philosopher, Christian and Platonist. Augustine is one of the first Christian thinkers to mix Greek attention to reason and Greek philosophy with Christian doctrine. Augustine famously converted to Christianity from Manicheanism and was widely regarded even in his day for his brilliance. He became Bishop of Milan in 387 around the time he wrote De Doctrina Christiana. Since Augustine had become a Christian priest and was widely regarded as a theological and pastoral expert, he seeks, in this work, to lay out a philosophy of Scriptural exegesis and Christian oration in order to teach Christian pastors how to read and communicate the Christian message. It is not entirely clear what prompted Augustine to write the...

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