The Respublica Christiana

  • Marshall W. Baldwin
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430), the greatest of all the Latin fathers, was the son of a devout Christian mother, St. Monica, and a pagan father. Augustine passed from a nominal Christianity in his early days into a young manhood somewhat dissolute and wayward, but ever marked by an unremitting search for the meaning of existence. He was profoundly puzzled by the problem of evil, and for a time he adhered to the sect of Manichaeans. Through the study of Plato he obtained a deeper insight into the meaning of incorporeal reality. And Platonism, or Neoplatonism, remained a significant influence in his thinking. For a while he taught rhetoric at Milan. Finally, as he relates in his Confessions. a remarkable spiritual autobiography, the prayers of his mother were answered. Much influenced by St. Paul, and assisted by Ambrose of Milan, he regained his faith.


Eternal Life Loving Kindness Holy City Free Woman Mortal Life 
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