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Augustine: Philosopher and Saint Lecture

Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. You'll learn what Augustine taught and why he taught it – and how those teachings and doctrines helped shape the Roman Catholic Church. These lectures are rewarding even if you have no background at all in classical philosophy or Christian theology.
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These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. You'll learn what Augustine taught and why he taught it – and how those teachings and doctrines helped shape the Roman Catholic Church.

These lectures are rewarding even if you have no background at all in classical philosophy or Christian theology. Professor Cary explains any special religious or philosophical concepts you need to know in order to appreciate Augustine's impact, with real-life examples and analogies that make even the most subtle concepts clear and easy to understand. You'll gain a sense of what Augustine was saying, how his own experiences led him to say it, and how his thoughts fit into the theological, philosophical, and political worlds that swirled around him.

First, you'll study Augustine's life, with a three-angled look at the Confessions, his great spiritual autobiography, written when he was a 45-year-old bishop. Then, you'll investigate key concepts of Augustine's thoughts on faith and love, grace, original sin, the Church, and more. And finally, you'll gain a greater familiarity with Augustine's concept of persons, both human and divine, by focusing on his great work, The City of God.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1997 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1997 The Great Courses

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    Kevin Crabtree Savannah, Georgia 04-23-15
    Kevin Crabtree Savannah, Georgia 04-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    I'm in the process of committing 200 hours this year to studying philosophy. I have listened to many other great courses philosophy series and found them enlightening. I wasn't expecting much in particular from this particular course but the contributions this man made to western thought simply cannot be ignored. many of these ideas are still alive and well in both contemporary religious and secular thought. well done, teaching company. and a great value, as well.

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    AlexIndia Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-12-16
    AlexIndia Fort Worth, TX, United States 02-12-16 Member Since 2011

    I am a national speaker on the relationship between the ancient western civilization and present day politics. Follow me!

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    I found it to be a very easy lesson and enjoyed it very much. However I think that the serious listener will have to listen to it two or three times to fully absorb the detailed meaning. There is a new biography on audible about Augustine. I would strongly suggest listening to it after reviewing this lecture. Then follow up with the other great course on Augustine. I personally am not Catholic but enjoyed this course all the same.

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    Bruce J. Russell Golden Valley, Minnesota 01-28-16
    Bruce J. Russell Golden Valley, Minnesota 01-28-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Augustine the father of disembodied Christianity"

    Augustine synthesised Christianity with Plato and thus inaugurated more than a millennium of disembodied Christianity

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    "Weak and Uninteresting"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe Professor Cary's family.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Professor W. Cook's course on St. Augustine.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Phillip Cary?

    The Professor Cary seems to never really decide whether he should cast Augustine as philosopher, saint, or something else. So, why bother with a narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The weak voice of Professor Cary gave the impression that he could not care less about the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should reconsider whether having such a poor product gives the program a poor image.

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    "Useful but generally uninspiring introduction."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The lecturer here was informed and by no means a bad speaker but he did not manage to extract much fun from his subject. Perhaps there is little to be had with Augustine. I thought the informal, discursive style of the lecturer would have injected some lightness but it did not - there is frequent stumbling, repetition, and no really interesting asides, so perhaps a fuller lecture 'script' would have been the way to go here.


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?

    One of the least - it is the shortest of the Great Courses lectures I have come across though so perhaps there is inevitably more scanning of the subject and less time for anecdotes and sidetracking.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Phillip Cary?

    David Brakke's Gnosticism lectures are the closest in subject matter that I have listened to in the Great Courses series. They are delivered somewhat more formally but I found them much more appealing.


    Could you see Augustine: Philosopher and Saint being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    If we are staying true to the spirit of these lectures we have to go with someone that we know is 'important' but that we don't really care about. I am going to say Sean Penn.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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