European Philosophy – Augustine & Neoplatonism


Augustine (354 – 430 CE) brought it into Christianity from earlier polytheist authors.  One of the most important authors, philosophers and church fathers of Catholicism, he was North African.  He made the gods of the polytheistic Platonists angels (each with a job in the cosmos) and talked about how light into the mind creates visions/theophanies/ideas of the cosmos and its order.