• Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose: The Philosophy of the Great Latin Fathers

  • By: Thomas Merton
  • Narrated by: Thomas Merton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose: The Philosophy of the Great Latin Fathers

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Renew your faith as you learn about the founding fathers of Christian theology with Thomas Merton.

Three men laid the groundwork for Christianity’s philosophy, theology, and learning. Seventeen centuries later, a spiritual visionary taught gripping classes on these Church Fathers.

Why study the foundational texts of Christian thought? Merton prefaces his talks by answering this question. The foundational texts form the basis of the contemplative and learned life. The same holds true for anyone who wants to seriously explore the big questions of meaning, purpose, and values.

You will begin with an introduction to the foremost philosopher of Christian antiquity - Saint Augustine - and his classic On Christian Doctrine. Parsing Augustine’s profound theology into accessible talks, Merton describes his core ideas. Before taking a deeper dive into Augustine, you will turn to the mystical humanism of Saint Ambrose. Next, you will examine St. Jerome’s letters, which rank among the most important Christian texts.

As entertaining as he is knowledgeable, Merton connects with students through humorous anecdotes. His passionate teaching will both inform you and instill passion for deep learning.

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Brief recorded lectures on Patristic writings

These are short discussions of Sts. Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose, delivered by Thomas Merton to fellow monks at the abbey. Key selections are read in Latin, then translated and discussed by Thomas Merton, with questions and answers from the monks. It is pretty quick-fire delivery: They have about 20 minutes for each talk, ending with a short prayer.

This is a special-interest work (reason for the 3's), being concerned as it is with the practical implications of these ancient books for members of a monastic order. It does provide good examples of Merton's lively teaching and lecturing style and his particular "take" on theological subjects. There are some interesting "asides" to then-contemporary current events in the wider world, such as Soviet space missions, as well as life within the abbey.

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Great

A hidden gem. Great lectures for those interested in the Church Fathers. Highly recommended. I enjoyed the book, especially Ambrose on women.

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Excellent

One of Mention’s more academic recordings. For those interested in Augustine, and Ambrose in particular, this recording is extremely illuminating.