TAN Direction Episode 1 – The Commentaries: The Confessions of St. Augustine


Episode 1 – The Commentaries: The Confessions of St. Augustine

Welcome to The Commentaries season on The Confessions of St. Augustine! Dr. Paul Thigpen serves as your guide for this classic spiritual autobiography. The series begins with an overview of St. Augustine’s life and times in the late fourth and early fifth centuries, marked by political turmoil, the fall of Rome, and spiritual challenges. St. Augustine’s restless spiritual journey, from a childhood influenced by both Christianity and paganism to his eventual embrace of the Christian faith, is explored. The commentary emphasizes St. Augustine’s prolific writings, including The Confessions, The City of God, and his teachings on love and Christian life, offering insights into his profound impact on Western thought and spirituality. The relevance of St. Augustine’s wisdom in today’s unsettled times is also highlighted, urging listeners to seek solace in the eternal amid the chaos of the world.

Episode one covers the translator’s note.

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Paul Thigpen, PhD, is an internationally known speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning journalist. He has published fifty-nine books, including the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, Saints Who Saw Hell, and Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith. In addition, he has published more than five hundred journal and magazine articles in more than forty religious and secular periodicals. His work has been circulated worldwide and translated into sixteen languages. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Religious Studies. Awarded the Woodruff, Javitz, and Salvatori Fellowships for graduate study, he earned an MA and PhD in historical theology from Emory University. In 2008, Paul was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has also served the Church as a university theology professor, historian, apologist, catechist, and musician.

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