I am somewhat dissatisfied with this thread, as it seems it touches on many questions, none deeply enough for resolution in one thread: did Augustine originate original sin, what is is proper place in the panoply of saints, was he indeed a recovering Manichee or a converted sinner, etc. I find other threads on this forum on Augustine, and scattered comments, such as in the Catholic encyclopedia, that indicate the truth is more intricate and deeper than we have arrived at.
At the same time I am delighted, in that I now see much more about Augustine than I had, from other viewpoints than I was aware of. I have a slow and non-theological brain that I drag along to this threads, and it mutters inattentively things like: when are we going to bed, when I want to discuss theology. It likes small words and sentences, and theologians delight in long words and long treatises. Augustine, it seems, is not so much a knife edge between Catholicism and Protestant thought but more like a labyrinth.
Is there Augustine bashing (a new term)? Yes. Is there perhaps an overemphasis on his position in the church (meaning the catholic-orthodox-protestant-other total of all Christians, which is a subject in itself)? Some say yes, others deny it.