3 Things You May Not Know about St. Augustine the Writer
by Kenneth Samples
Augustine of Hippo (354–430) was born in North Africa to a pagan father and a Christian mother. Following a youth and an early career steeped in debauchery and ambition, Augustine experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity when he turned from his pagan beliefs. His classic book Confessions details his conversion story and, to this day, remains a perennial bestseller.
Over his lengthy career Augustine was a prolific author, a robust theologian, an insightful philosopher, and a tenacious apologist for the truth of historic Christianity. Widely considered the greatest of the church fathers, Augustine’s writings shaped Christian orthodoxy like few others. He is a universal Christian voice within Western Christendom and remains equally important to Protestants and Catholics alike. He also enjoys the pop culture distinction of being the only Christian thinker to be mentioned in songs by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Sting.1
Yet while he is one of the most famous Christians in church history, there are three things you may not know about St. Augustine the writer. I hope these details enhance your appreciation for Augustine’s role in history…