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Posted August 31, 2001
Peter Brown's biography of Aurlius Augustinuys (St. Augustine) is a masterpievce of literature. Young Augustine lived a life of sin, godlessness, and shame. But that's what he thought. Peter Brown fills in the gaps that Augustine left out. Instead, we see the fullness of Augustine's character. In truthy, he was only a self-sconscious young man who was searching for divine truth, the one question that burned in his mind: Why did evil exist? Augustine's career was based on answering that eternal question. He turned his back on his mother's Christian heritage that she so lovingly nursed him on. Young Augustine experimented with Manchism until he realized it had flawed methods for rooting out evil. He had a fling with Platoinism until the love grew cold. Not until he had a complete nervous breakdown in a Milanese garden did he embrace Christ as the answer to his life-long dilemma. From that moment onward, Augustine became the model Christian. Augsutine lived in a time when being Christian meant being many different things. He brought his Manichee ideals and Platonic thoughts into his work. His Confessions are riddled with this. But Augustine would not find peace. His brilliant mind advanced him tothe postion of bishop which made him into a judge of the second largest city in Africa. He would find peace only in scholarship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.