Saint Augustine

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“”The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page . . . Understand that you may believe; believe that you may understand.”
– Augustine

b. 354 CE – d. 430 CE

Saint Augustine was known for examining several different religions and philosophies throughout his life before focusing on Christianity. This decision made him known as one of the greatest thinkers among early Christian philosophers of the great Roman Empire. Throughout many of his works, Augustine explains and demonstrates that a State is not necessarily evil if it is pervaded by Christian ideals and the God-fearing life. With his profound and articulate Christian perspective, Augustine effectively challenges the views of Classical predecessors such as Cicero and Plato that a State is based merely on mutual self-interest and agreed-upon standards of human justice, bringing the spirit to bear upon intellect and love upon justice. Additionally, Augustine urged Christians to be good citizens even in the Earthly City and imagined not a distinct line between Church and State, but rather a fluid dynamic between the spiritual and the civil. Overall, the character of Augustine, both as a man and as a theologian displayed his enthusiasm, his unceasing search for truth, his affectionate disposition, his ardor, and his self-devotion toward his spiritual convictions.