Augustine and Beards

Posted February 11, 2018 4:37 pm by Pastor in Monte

Augustine and Beards

There seems to be quite a row blazing about whether St Augustine was black or not. Does it actually matter? The proposition was first made to me some thirty years ago, and even then I thought it odd, but not in any way objectionable. Some (including Brown, Augustine’s most prestigious biographer) have thought that Monica was a Berber name (for those who don’t know, that was St Augustine’s persistent Mum), but Patricius (his Dad) has a Latin name—though perhaps a rather noveau-riche Latin name (effectively meaning Posh Guy). One thinks of people who call their sons Duke or Lord. This

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