The testimony of many great saints from this continent during the first centuries of Christianity--Saint Cyprian, Saint Monica, Saint Augustine, Saint
Athanasius, to name but a few--guarantees a distinguished place for Africa in the annals of Church history.
For example, in his discussion of slavery (which occupies half the book), the opinions of Saint Augustine, Saint
Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Alphonsus Ligouri are simply put forward as Church teaching.
His heroes are neither the sectarians nor the secularizers, but the 'Master Builders of Christian culture' through the ages--Saint Paul and Saint Augustine, Saint
Leo and Saint Gregory the Great, Saint Benedict and Saint Boniface, Saint Bernard and Pope Gregory VII, Saint Francis and Saint Dominic--the list could go on.
City of God, The Philosophical treatise vindicating Christianity written by the medieval philosopher Augustine, Saint
as De civitate Dei about AD 413-26.
Confessions, The Spiritual self-examination by Augustine, Saint
, written in Latin as Confessiones about AD 400.