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* Philosophy: St. Augustine


Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was born in Algeria but spent much of his life in Italy, both then part of the Roman Empire. St. Augustine helped form or explain some of the main tenants of Christian doctrine, including original sin and the grace of Christ. At the heart of his beliefs was the idea that a person could only fully obtain knowledge through faith. He is sometimes recognized as a predecessor of Protestantism because of his thoughts on grace and salvation.


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