St. Augustine is very important to Christianity. He was bishop of Hippo in North Africa. His family was of the nobility so he was well-educated and had a Christian mother. He had dealings with Christians growing up but was Manichean. As my prof told us he was such a great Church Father b/c he was so worldly in his preChristian life. He had an illegitimate son that was acknowledged and loved. Sadly, his son died young. Through family and other social connections, he travelled to Rome and Milan to learn from the most important church officials. I read his Confessions when I was young. It was very impressive and well written. His big book was City of God but I had trouble reading it.
The local library had his bio on a table so I picked it up to learn more about him. The author assumes you have Confessions memorized. Since the canon had not been established, it was interesting to read that everyone had different scriptures. He had Paul's letters, Psalms, the major prophets, and only the Gospel of John. John is so different from the other gospels. A neighboring bishop might not have access to John. He would have only Mark. Controversy was looming. Imagine if we all had different scriptures. An orthodoxy emerged. Christian fundamentals were clear. I never realized how discordant not having access to scripture would be. It helps me to understand the move towards the Creeds. I also recall reading that Jesus' scriptures did not include what we now call the Hebrew Scripture canon.
Still reading and assuming whatever the Confessions text actually is. A three page synopsis would be great.