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'''Augustine of Hippo''' (354–430) is one of the great [[Church Fathers]] of the fourth century
; he was the eldest son of [[Monica of Hippo|Saint Monica]].
Aurelius Augustinus was born in 354 in Tagaste to a Christian mother and a
Pagan father, raised in Roman north Africa, educated in Carthage, and employed as a professor of rhetoric in Milan by 383. He followed the [[Manichaeism|Manichaean]] religion in his student days, and was converted to Christianity by the preaching and example of [[Ambrose of Milan]]. He was [[baptism|baptized]] at Easter in 387, and returned to north Africa and created a monastic foundation at Tagaste for himself and a group of friends. In 391 he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[priest]] in Hippo Regius (now Annaba, in Algeria). He became a famous preacher (more than 350 preserved sermons are believed to be authentic), and was noted for combatting the Manichaean heresy.
In 396 he was made coadjutor [[bishop]] of Hippo (assistant with the right of succession on the death of the current bishop), and remained as bishop in Hippo until his death in 430. He left his [[monastery]], but continued to lead a monastic life in the episcopal residence. He left a Rule (''Regula'' in Latin) for his monastery that has led him to be designated the "patron saint of Regular Clergy," that is, parish clergy who live by a monastic rule.
Augustine died on [[August 28]], 430, during the siege of Hippo by the Vandals. He is said to have encouraged its citizens to resist the attacks, primarily on the grounds that the Vandals adhered to heretical [[Arianism|Arian]] Christianity.
Augustine's writings developed St Ambrose of Milan's theory of [[just war]]. He also advocated the use of force against the [[Donatism|Donatists]], asking "Why . . . should not the Church use force in compelling her lost sons to return, if the lost sons compelled others to their destruction?" (''The Correction of the Donatists'', 22-24). However, he objected to capital punishment and said that it would be preferable to set his opponents free than to execute them.
The addition of Augustine to the [[Menologion]] is uncertain. Some regard him as [[Glorification|glorified]] by popular recognition in the distant past, yet he was not added to the [[Horologion]] in Greece until 1983 (and then only in the index, but with no mention of his name on the page for June 15). He appears to have been added to the calendar in Russia during the "Western Captivity" when the influence of Latin scholasticism was at a high point. His [[feast day]] in the Orthodox Church is [[June 15]]. In the West, he is remembered on August 28. which was the day of his death in A.D. 430.
==Reception of Augustine in the Orthodox Church==
250px|Book by Fr. [[Seraphim Rose]]]]
The [[Fifth Ecumenical Council]], held in Constantinople in A.D. 553, listed Augustine among other [[Church Fathers|Fathers of the Church]], though there is no unqualified endorsement of his [[theology]] mentioned (just as there is none for most saints of the Church):
Despite these acclamations, most of his works were not translated into Greek until ''circa'' 1360 by Demetrios Cydones and some Orthodox Christians identify errors in his theology—especially those in his [[Triadology]] which gave rise to the ''[[Filioque]]'' addition to the [[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]]—and regard him as being one of the major factors in the [[Great Schism]] between the Church in the East and in the West. Thus, there are those among the Orthodox who regard Augustine as a [[heresy|heretic]], although there has never been any conciliar condemnation of either him or his writings.
More moderate views regard Augustine as (1) a theological writer who made too many mistakes to be included among the [[Church Fathers]] but still a [[saint]], (2) a theological writer among many in the early Church (but not a [[saint]]), and (3) a theological writer with, perhaps, the title "Blessed" before his name. It should be noted, however, that the Orthodox Church has not traditionally ranked saints in terms of "blessed" or "saint" (i.e., suggesting that the latter has a greater degree of holiness than the former). Saint "rankings" are usually only differences in kind (e.g., monastics, married, bishops, martyrs, etc.), not in degree
. The practice of ranking by degree is much more characteristic of the [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] tradition.
There are at least two books explicitly dealing with the issue of Augustine's place in Orthodoxy: ''The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church'' by Fr. [[Seraphim Rose]] (ISBN 0938635123), which is generally favorable toward Augustine, citing his importance as a saint in terms of his confessional and devotional writings rather than in his theology, and ''The Influence of Augustine of Hippo on the Orthodox Church'' by Dr. Fr. Michael Azkoul (ISBN 0889467331), which tends to see Augustine as the root of all Western Christendom's errors. (There is also a condensation of this book into a booklet titled ''Augustine of Hippo: An Orthodox Christian Perspective''.) The former's cover (shown on right) includes a traditional Greek [[icon]] of Augustine, where he is labelled as "Ό Αγίος Αυγουστίνος"—"Saint Augustine."
===From ''The City of God''===
St. Augustine evidently originated the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin", which he tied in with a privative notion of evil:
:Our hearts shall ever restless be, until they find their rest in Thee. (1:1)
*[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Augustine_of_Hippo More quotes at Wikiquote...]
Dr. Fr. Michael Azkoul, ''The Influence of Augustine of Hippo on the Orthodox Church'' (ISBN 0889467331)*Peter Brown, ''Augustine of Hippo'' (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967) (ISBN 0-520-00186-9)* Fr. [[Seraphim Rose]], '' The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church'', 1997 (ISBN 0938635123)*Adolphe Tanquerey, ''The Spiritual Life: A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology'', 1930, reprint edition 2000 (ISBN 0895556596) p. 37.
/en/ourfaith/ articles/article8153.asp St. Augustine in the Greek Orthodox Tradition], by Fr. [[George C. Papademetriou]]
*[http://www.geocities.com/trvalentine/orthodox/augustine8.html Theological Discussion on Eight Teachings of Augustine of Hippo]
*''On Christian Doctrine,'' ''Confessions,'' and ''City of God'' are available freely at http://www.ccel.org/a/augustine/