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This paper discusses the life of St. Augustine of Hippo, with a focus on his writings and commitment to the Christian faith. First, the paper gives some biographical information and tells about his conversion to Christianity. Then, it addresses the challenges he faced in his life. This includes his philosophical struggles with the Manichaeans, who claimed to have discovered contradictions in Holy Writ. It also examines other philosophies which threatened St. Augustine's beliefs, yet ultimately made him a stronger Christian. Next, the paper briefly analyzes some of his writings, such as "Confessions." The paper concludes by stating that the modern Christian family can never go wrong in following the examples and teachings of St. Augustine.
From the Paper:"Like all great men and women - or even saints in history, St. Augustine's road to prominence was not an easy road to take especially his life since childhood until adulthood were filled with challenges and contradictions. These obstacles and tests were even prominent in his Christian faith but with his strong conviction he never wavered. As a child, Augustine was tutored in Christian beliefs but also Latin and Greek philosophy and thinking. His extensive religious education started in the schools of Tagaste and Madaura until he was sixteen. He was off to Carthage next in 370, but soon fell to the pleasures and excesses of the half pagan city's theatres, licentiousness and decadent socialising with fellow students. (Merriman, 2005) It was in Carthage that he faced his first of many challenges to his beliefs and it was one of the more difficult ones because the temptations were on the flesh. He even confessed to having sired a "child of sin" while in this wretched city but the sins of the flesh could not compare with the sins against once belief that he faced thereafter - falling into the trappings of the Manichaean heresy."
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