(354-430) African bishop
, master of rhetoric
and one of the most influential theologians
of the Christian
faith. Augustine's mother was a devout Christian, his father a pagan who disdained his wife's attempts to instruct their son in the Christian faith. Augustine led a wild
life as a young man in Carthage
. Seeking after spiritual wisdom he was enamoured of the philosophy of the Manichaeans
, but became disillusioned
with their teachings and practices. After his dramatic conversion to Christianity
he was elevated to the priesthood in Hippo
by popular demand and rose through the ranks to become bishop of that place. Influenced by neo-Platonism
and at least partially responsible for the Church's doctrine of original sin
. His best-known works are Confessions
and City of God
"To Carthage I came, where all about me resounded a caldron of dissolute loves."
"Anger is a weed; hate is the tree."
"He who created you without you will not justify you without you."
"Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self."