Of the hundreds of thousands of published Christian writers over the centuries since the Scripture books were completed, none have had a level of influence to compare to Augustine. Even now in 2014, he remains a #1 favorite for huge numbers of both Evangelical leaders and Roman Catholic leaders. He was a scholar and an evangelist; he was a faithful senior leader of the church universal and a charismatic healer who made house calls. Now he is 1660 years old. Happy Birthday, Augustine!
How does this ancient, African, Christian writer sustain such a broad and faithful following throughout the centuries, and around the world? In this brief article, let me suggest what I think is the main reason for Augustine's continued profound influence....
Jim Lincoln wrote: Augustine has most likely spent the last 1500+ years in Gehenna.
Jim. I suppose you only believing four/fifths of the truth you would attack Augustine. But at least he glorified Christ by being absolute and positive about His death on the cross and the work of His atonement with God. Your Amyraldian, Arminian, negative claim that Christ's atonement on the cross did not work for everybody undermines the atonement and perhaps you will be the one with the defect which Gehenna will scorch.
Augustine has most likely spent the last 1500+ years in Gehenna. He abandoned his son for something he considered more important, church work. His eschatology while it might not condemn him as a non-Christian, certainly means he isn't going to get any birthday presents from me! [URL=http://https://bible.org/article/theology-adrift-early-church-fathers-and-their-views-eschatology]]]Theology Adrift: The Early Church Fathers and Their Views of Eschatology[/URL].
Augustine' s Confessions and City of God stand head and shoulders above all other ancient texts. Not only did he speak to what IS, he pointed to the great I AM . Thank God for His work through Augustine.