Augustine

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Aurelius Augustine ('Augustine of Hippo', 354-430 AD) was a Christian theologian philosopher whose prolific and insightful writing on Christian faith and doctrine had a impact on the medieval world, on Christianity, and on Western thought that was rivalled only by Plato and Aristotle.

He was originally inspired by the philosophical writing of Cicero, and by Neoplatonists such as Plotinus. Later, when he converted, he came to believe that only through Christianity can we attain to the true wisdom that philosophy seeks. He was one of the main influences that brought together the Greek philosophical tradition and the Judeo-Christian religious and scriptural traditions.

He brought his considerable intellect to bear on a wide variety of philosophical and theological problems, including the nature of sin, and the problem of evil in world created by God, the phenomenon of time, and the problem of free will.

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