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St. Augustine of Hippo Research Paper History of Christian Thought St. Augustine of Hippo left the earthly world as a devout Catholic. It was not always that way though. He went through stages of his life in which he adopted heretical theologies such as Manichaeism. He was a very learned man and a great philosopher of his time. Even while he was the Bishop of Hippo, he used philosophy to help in his teachings. Augustine may not have always taught in the standard ways, but he left his mark on theology through his deep thinking and defense of the Catholic Faith. Augustine was born in 354 in Tagaste, which was located in the Roman Province of Numidia in North Africa. 1 He was born into a respectable family in which his father was a government official of the city. His mother, Monica, was a Christian and his father was still a pagan. 2 His early studies were conducted in Tagaste and for the next four to five years he studied literature in the town of Madaura. 3 His father, who was proud of his success, wanted to send him away to Carthage for a forensic career, but could not come up with the money for many months. 4 Augustine did not do anything during this time and he resorted to sinful behavior, which he described in the Confessions. 5 In the second chapter of the Confessions he describes one of his 1 Vernon Bourke, The Essential Augustine . (New York, The New American Library of World Literature,1964.), 11. 2 Eugène Portalié. "Life of St. Augustine of Hippo." (1907): The Catholic Encyclopedia. 2007. 3 Vernon Bourke, The Essential Augustine . (New York, The New American Library of World Literature, 1964.), 11. 4 Eugène Portalié. "Life of St. Augustine of Hippo." (1907): The Catholic Encyclopedia. 2007. 5 Vernon Bourke, The Essential Augustine . (New York, The New American Library of World Literature, 1964.), 11.
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sinful acts, ”We carried off a huge load of pears, not to eat ourselves, but to dump out to the hogs, after barely tasting some of them ourselves. Doing this pleased us all the more because it was forbidden.” 6 When Augustine finally made it to Carthage around the year 370, and the half pagan city distracted him from his true calling. In the year 372 he told Monica that he formed a sinful relationship with a woman that had his baby. Augustine became involved in a career of rhetoric, but decided that his heart was in philosophy. 7 Even in his twenties, Augustine was still not a baptized Christian and he eventually became interested in Manichaeism, which claimed that there was a god of divinity and a god of evil. After few years, Augustine met with Faustus, a Manichee bishop, and was not impressed by his knowledge and view of religion. 8
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