St. Augustine's Confessions : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Professor William R. Cook
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.
Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, you'll study this great book's staggering influence on Christianity and Western civilization, seeing how it provided a source of inspiration for such noted thinkers and writers as Petrarch, Dante, and Martin Luther. Even though the Confessions is more than 1,500 years old, it still speaks to us and has the capacity to change our lives.
The professors trace the narrative of Augustine's early life and the key events that led to his Christian conversion at age 31. In a succession of stories that are as powerful as any in world literature, Augustine seeks to understand the same issues in his life that many people try to understand in theirs, arriving at profound conclusions that offer stunning insight into our psychology and morality and challenge us to become wiser and better people.
This course is a superb springboard and companion guide to your reading and rereading of one of history's singular books: one that will challenge and stimulate your mind and provide a framework through which to find true understanding, value, and meaning in your life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Absolutely Fabulous!

I was hooked from the very start. There's no doubt the fascinating and highly intelligent St Augustine, through sheer hard thinking, can enlighten us all. Brilliantly presented. I want to go back to the beginning and listen to it all over again immediately. Thank you Ron and Bill!
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- Tara

Brilliant, entertaining exegesis of the text.

Really enjoyed this. The enthusiastic delivery of the two lecturers who present each lecture as a duo, really holds the listeners attention.
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- Stephen Callaghan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses