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Following in the lines of Jerome and Athanasius Sulpicius Severus composed a biography of St Martin of Tours Concerned more with miracles and encounters with the devil rather than a complete description of the monastic life Life of Martin of Tours is a glimpse into the nature of Christianity of the 4th Century Life of Martin of Tours gives a very brief view of Martins life before he entered into the service of God Upon entering a church at the age of 10 he became so enamored that he told his military father of his intent to become a churchman Being the son of a tribune his wish would be granted only after a tour of duty in the army of the empire It is in the service of Julian that Martin truly learns of his destiny Late winter in the town of Amiens Martin was approached by an almost nude beggar Taking his sword and cutting his cloak in half Martin gave part of his clothing to the beggar The beggar appeared that night in a dream to Martin with the voice of God According to the dream since he had helped the lowest element in society he had really helped Jesus It is interesting to note in this section the variety of the terms used synonymous in the present day with God The time in which Martin was in the army is the same time that the Arian controversy is dividing the Christian populace Severus meant to show the many faces of the Lord in composing this work thereby showing both his own and Martins adherence to orthodoxyWhen Martin is called to into an impending battle with the barbarians in Gaul he asks for his discharge from none other Julian himself at the time still Caesar Because of his devotion to God Martin believes that is wrong to be involved in a battle Julian called a tyrant by Severus attributes this to cowardice
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