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(354-430) the greatest theologian of the early church. Wrote 1. Confessions; 2. The City of God; and 3. On the Trinity. His theory of reality: absolute theism, supernaturalism . Reality is God, who is Being; Being is good; non-Being is evil (see Plotinus ). God has personality and impersonality, transcendence and immanence, omnipotence and perfect will. As Being, God gives reality to phenomena . As Supreme Person (theism ), God exercises perfect will by which the world is created from nothing, sustained, perfected, and consummated. All existence, including space and time, is absolutely dependent on God's will. Reality is two-fold (dualism ): God as Being, the Good, the Eternal; and His creation as phenomenal, dependent, temporal.

Augustine of Hippo ( or ; ; 13 November 354 – 28 August 430), also known as Saint Augustine, Saint Austin, or Blessed Augustine, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius (modern-day Annaba, Algeria), located in Numidia (Roman province of Africa). He is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. Among his most important works are The City of God and Confessions.

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1. (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became Bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)
(synonym) Augustine, Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
(hypernym) theologian, theologist, theologizer, theologiser
(classification) Roman Catholic, Western Church, Roman Catholic Church, Church of Rome, Roman Church

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