Alan: In the following interview, historian Meacham cites the above quotation by Augustine of Hippo.
Given Augustine's birth as a North African person-of-color (he was in fact a Berber, the root word of "barbarian") it is remarkable how uniformly Christian iconography represents Augustine as "a white European."
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Augustine of Hippo
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Alan: Twenty years ago I asked a Notre Dame theologian if he knew whether Augustine had said, "As time goes on, the good will get better and the bad will get worse."
Without hesitation Father Mike answered "Yes."
When I asked how he came to know this obscure datum, Mike replied: "Because Augustine said everything."
One remarkable thing that Augustine (father of a bastard son, Adeodatus) demonstrably said was: "Lord, make me chaste... but not yet."
Quotations from Augustine's "Confessions"