Edward Hill II
Aurelius Augustinus better known as St. Augustine of Hippo was born on November 13, 354 and passed away on August 28, 430 at the age of 75. St. Augustine is arguably considered to be one of the most influential individuals during the origination of Western Christianity. This amazing philosopher utilized many key principles in his faith to assist his philosophical method. His major works include: City of God, Confessions of St. Augustine and On Christian Doctrine. Influenced by the great Plotinus, St. Augustine was well educated focusing on rhetoric. This faith along with his education were the foundations of his philosophy influencing many great thinkers who proceeded his time.
By researching any literature on Augustine it is easy to understand tis philosopher as a God-fearing individual. A strong leader and member of the priesthood, Augustine completely understood that in man’s nature war is ever present. However as with anything else in nature this element has to be controlled or else the world would be an extremely chaotic place to abide. He believed the scriptures, “Turn the other cheek, and do unto your neighbor as you would have him do unto you. “ Because of his faithfulness to these scripture he did not believe in “self defense” or killing or personal gain, or to kill for one’s life or belongings. He did however believe the defense of the weak, less fortunate and infants. Thus birthed his theory on Just War. Many credit Augustine as the author and creator of the Just War principle. He insisted that Christian leaders have a God-given right to remove all threats and make a peaceful habitat in which their subject abided. Augustine argued that making peace is priority even if the only way to exasperate a threat is through physical force of arms. This Just war theory influenced many people after Augustine and was one of the founding principles in the medieval Crusades.
Not only was Augustine a pupil of theology but he was...