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Who invented the “individual”?

Catholics, that’s who. How can anyone who has read St. Augustine’s Confessions, the first true autobiography, not find there a source of the modern concept of the individual? And could there be any concept of the “individual” as a bearer of “unalienable” rights if Christianity had not cut the state down to size by refusing to worship state authority? [1]