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Saint Augustine of Hippo


Born in Thagaste, North Africa, he is a major Christian pilosopher and theologian and the key figure in the transition from pagan to specifically christian philosophy. He had a pagan father and a christian mother, and had a rather innocent childhood, except from a pearlstealing. Later he studied rhetoric at Carthage, and then taught in Rome and Milan. After a period believing in different isms he converted, at the age of 31, to Christianity. It gave him the answers philosophy never could, in forms of incarnation and consequent salvation. In 395 he was appointed coadjutor of Bishop Valerius, and a year later became bishop of Hippo.


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