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Saint Augustine Saint Augustine (354-430 AD), also known as Augustine of Hippo created an image of himself through his writings and teachings. He was born in Tagaste, a town in North Africa, on November 13, 354 AD. He had been born into a middle class household. Patricius, his dad, was a pagan, but later converted to Christianity due to his wife, Monica, was a devout Christian. Augustine's mother, who had been dedicated to the Roman Catholic church, constantly tried for her son's conversion. Augustine has been educated as a lecturer in the former North African cities of Tagaste, Madaura, and Carthage. The philosophical works of Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman fighter and speaker, inspired Augustine to become a seeker after truth. Augustine engaged restlessly in philosophical research, and passed from 1 phase of thought to another, not able to find gratification. From 373 until 382, in Carthage, he conformed to Manichaeism, a dualistic philosophy dealing with the conflict between good and bad. This appeared to be the response to the confusion within his heart. It solved the puzzles that perplexed him in his own adventure. After realizing that this doctrine wouldn't make an excellent ethical system, he abandoned this philosophy. After being educated during North Africa , he left Carthage and in 384 discovered himself in Milan where he would pursue his livelihood of a professor . In addition, in Milan he also met and was influenced by the bishop, Ambrose. With this, Augustine was attracted back to Christianity and was baptized by Ambrose in 387. Augustine was also affected by Platonism. He than returned to North Africa where he became the bishop of Hippo in 391, a title he held until he died. This amazing "Father of the Church," wrote a handbook on both theological virtues: faith, hope, and love. The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love was composed in the year 420. It is a brief handbook on the proper mode of serving God, through faith, hope, and love. It's not difficult to say what one ought to believe, what to expect, and what to love. But to shield our doctrines against the slander of people who believe differently is a more difficult and detailed task. If a person is to have this wisdom, it is not sufficient just to place an enchiridion in the hand. It's also necessary that a fantastic eagerness be in the center. Saint Augustine says that God created everything good. In Chapter XI,.