At a glance:
- Author: Garry Wills
- First Published: 1999
- Type of Work: Biography
- Time of Work: 354-430, the years of Saint Augustine’s life
- Setting: Numidia Proconsularis (Roman North Africa); Rome, Milan
- Characters: Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus Ambrosianus), Monnica, Patrick (Patricius), Una, Godsend (Adeodatus), Ambrose
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: Africa or Africans, Authors or writers, Spiritual life or spirituality, Christianity, Catholics or Catholic Church, Italy or Italians, Saints or sainthood, Rome, Aesthetics, Fifth century
- Locales: Roman Empire, Rome, ancient, Milan, Italy, Africa, ancient, Numidia Proconsularis
Saint Augustine is one of the most important early Christian writers, yet serious general readers read him less frequently than his influence justifies. In his own lifetime, Augustine almost single-handedly codified the standards for the priesthood and consecration of bishops. His aggressive attacks against Donatism thwarted a serious challenge to the rights of the Catholic hierarchy to ordain. The early Christian Church included Augustine among its Fathers, a distinction reserved for those whose writings it considered essential in the formulation of Christian doctrine.
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