Saint Augustine

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Saint Augustine • Whose full name was Aurelius Augustinus • was born in a.d. 354, in the city of Tagaste, in the Roman North African province of Numidia (now Algeria). •was an early Christian theologian whose writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. •Augustine developed the concept of the Catholic Church as a spiritual City of God •He was ordained as a priest in 391, and in 396 he became the bishop of Hippo, a position he undertook with conviction and would hold until his death. •Augustine died in the year 430 in his bed, reading the Psalms, as the Vandals began to attack Hippo. Teachings and beliefs • Augustine believed that dialogue/dialectic/discussion is the best means for learning, and this method should serve as a model for learning encounters between teachers and students. • Augustine stressed the importance of showing that type of student the difference between "having words and having understanding," and of helping the student to remain humble with his acquisition of knowledge. • He introduced the idea of teachers responding positively to the questions they may receive from their students, no matter if the student interrupted his teacher.

• The grand style is not quite as elegant as the mixed style, but is exciting and heartfelt, with the purpose of igniting the same passion in the students' hearts. • Augustine proposed that evil could not exist within God, nor be created by God, and is instead a by-product of God's creativity. • He believed that this evil will, present in the human soul, was a corruption of the will given to humans by God, making suffering a just punishment for the sin of humans. • Augustine believed that a physical Hell exists, but that physical punishment is secondary to the punishment being separated from God.

*Style of Teachings* •The mixed style includes complex and sometimes showy language to help students see the beautiful artistry of the subject they are studying.

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