Friday, April 24, 2015

This Day in Christian History: April 24: Augustine is Baptized

This Day in Christian History: April 24

 April 24, 387: Augustine of Hippo is Baptized

Augustine of Hippo
On Easter eve, 387, Saint Augustine of  Hippo was baptized at the age of 32. As Augustine tells it, he heard a childlike voice tell him to "pick up and read." So he picked up the Bible and began to read from the first place he saw. The verses his eyes fell upon were Romans 13:13-14.

Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.

This was the beginning of his transformation. He wrote about his conversion in Confessions, which has become a classic of Christian theology. 

Augustine went on to become the Biship of Hippo, and influenced much of Western Christianity. 

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