TAN Direction Episode 3 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Childhood

 

Episode 3 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Childhood

Dr. Paul Thigpen explores Saint Augustine’s reflections on childhood, divine grace, and the foundations of identity. Augustine contemplates the mysterious beginning of life, emphasizing the role of God’s grace in every aspect, from bodily existence to the formation of one’s character. The narrative delves into Augustine’s early years, revealing his struggles with schooling, his love for play, and the moral challenges he faced. Despite acknowledging his misdeeds, Augustine concludes with gratitude for the gifts bestowed upon him by God during his childhood.

Episode three covers Book I, chapters 6-20.

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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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