St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, was one of the greatest theologians of his time. He is still regarded in the highest manner. He was raised in a divided home, but through time he found the truth. He was always a superb student. He fully mastered Latin; however, he never grasped Greek. He was also very crafty in speech - a black-belt of rhetoric if you will. After his teenage flings and rebellions, he found a heretical sect in which he became involved for a while. He traveled and landed in Milan for a while where he met the bishop. He then discovered that Christianity was a suitable religion for a philosopher. Finally, via Bishop Ambrose, Augustine converted to Christianity in 386. Later, he wrote books such as – Confessions, The City of God, and De Doctrinia (On Christian Doctrine) – along with many others. He ultimately became a great Christian ambassador. St. Augustine was and still is a great Christian influence in what he said and did.
Saint Augustine (354-430) was born on November 13, 354, in Tagaste, North Africa (now Algeria), as Aurelius Augustinus. *1(Keifer 50). He was born into a divided home; his mother, Monnica (c.331-387), was a devout Christian, but his father was a pagan until late in life.*2 (Bradshaw) Monnica raised him in the way of Christianity; however, his father, Patricius (c.315-371), wanted him to have a good firm secular education; this is mostly what planted pagan ideals into his heart.
Augustine did have a very good education. When he was young, his mother trained him in the way of the Lord. He found something intriguing about Jesus even when he did not believe. Once when he was severely ill, he asked for baptism, but when he soon became well he refuted ever receiving it and therefore had no heart change. *3(Portalié). "From my tenderest infancy, I had in a manner sucked with my mother's milk that name of my Savior, Thy Son; I kept it in the recesses of my heart; and all that presented itself to me without that Divine Name, though it might be elegant, well written, and even replete with truth, did not altogether carry me away."*4(Portalié). This is Augustine saying that he always knew about Jesus and that his mother had taught him well, but he just never fully understood or let himself see Jesus until his true conversion. It was nothing that Monnica had not taught him, but his own hard-headedness that kept him from seeing the truth.
His father wanted Augustine to be a lawyer until they found that he had such an inclination for rhetoric. He became the top of his class and continued to excel in almost all his subjects. He swiftly mastered Latin; however, he never learned Greek, the reason being that his instructor was an abusive man and physically punished his students. Because of the association of the Greek language and this violent man, Augustine never could bring himself to learning it. He began to excel in rhetoric; in which, he would later make his career. Augustine had the potential to become a...