Augustine of Hippo

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Augustine of Hippo

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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, in English Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austine, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria), a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Roman Empire's African Province, and is generally considered one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time. His writings have been very influential in Western Christianity's development. According to his contemporary Jerome, Augustine "e... stablished the ancient faith anew." He was heavily influenced in his early years by Manichaeism and then by Plotinus' Neo-Platonism. Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology after his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that Christ's grace was indispensable to human liberty, framing the concepts of original sin and just war. When the Western Roman Empire began to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Catholic Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name), unlike the Earthly City material. The medieval worldview was profoundly influenced by his thoughts. The City of God of Augustines was closely linked to the Church, the community that worshiped the Trinity. He is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Because of his teaching on salvation and divine grace, many Protestants, especially Calvinists, consider him one of the theological fathers of the Protestant Reformation. He is also regarded as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He carries the Blessed's additional title. He is called "Blessed Augustine" among the Orthodox or "St. Augustine the Blessed."READ MORE

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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.

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I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving.

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

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