St. Augustine

St. Augustine is fourth on my list.Augustine (354-430) was aslo a North African writer and is arguably the most influential Christian writer of all time, at least in the West. Augustine gives us Just War theory, arguably was a Calvinist before one could be, Calvin believes he was making the logical conclusion of Augustine’s view of predestination. Augustine also wrote about what we now call original sin. Augustine had the advantage over the previous Christians in my list of living during Christian rule, though in Africa there was already a division/split in Christianity, Catholics and Donatist (also in Arianism existed). Most of Augustine’s works are quite dense and require most of your working brain (and probably some that usually does not work) to understand. I recommend though his Confessions, and easier read and probably the first ever autobiography written. Augustine also added many Greek Philosophy ideas into Christianity.


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