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published: 2/20/05
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Books by St. Augustine

Aurelius Augustine was born in North Africa in 354 AD to a pagan father and devout Christian mother. Gifted with a brilliant mind, he enjoyed academic success and worldly pleasures at Carthage until he became restless for truth and virtue. Successively disappointed by Platonic philosophy and Manichaen theology, he found his rest in the God of Catholic Christianity at the age of 32. Ten years later, Augustine became Bishop of Hippo in North Africa.

A prolific writer and original thinker, Augustine's treatises, sermons and letters number into the hundreds. He put his gifted mind to work on subjects such as grace, the Trinity, the soul, predestination, the sacraments, sexuality and free will. Augustine's thought has had a profound impact on both Catholicism (primarily in his doctrine of the church) and Protestantism (especially in his concept of salvation).

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