... Augustine's Views on Sin According to John A. McGuckin (2004), Augustine of Hippo is highly regarded as one of the most important writers of the Christian West. It will be analyzed here what his thoughts on sin were-both as a Manichean, and later when he wrote, having left the Manicheans for the Latin church, the work entitled Of Sin and Merit.
St. Augustine went through a period in his life where he associated with the Manichees for ten years, from about 377 to 387 (McGuckin, 2004, 39). The Manicheans were actually the group to which Augustine "owed his chair in rhetoric in Milan [for] patronage." (McGuckin, 2004, pp. 214)Regarding sin,
"Manichean doctrine emphasized the perennial cosmic and