Saint Augustine (354–430)
Augustine was a fourth century philosopher whose groundbreaking philosophy infused Christian doctrine with Neoplatonism. He is famous for being an inimitable Catholic theologian and for his agnostic contributions to Western philosophy.
Saint Augustine was one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. In Roman Catholicism he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinian religious order. Many Protestants, especially Calvinists, consider him to be one of the theological fountainheads of Reformation teaching on salvation and grace. Born in Africa as the eldest son of Saint Monica, he was educated and baptized in Italy. His works – including The Confessions
, which is often called the first Western autobiography – are still read around the world.
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