TAN Direction Episode 9 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: The Nature of God, the Problem of Evil


Episode 9 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: The Nature of God, the Problem of Evil

Delve into Saint Augustine’s intellectual struggles, grappling with the nature of God and the problem of evil. The episode touches on Augustine’s exposure to various religious traditions in his youth, his evolving understanding of God’s nature, and his contemplation on the origin of evil. It also highlights Augustine’s recognition of the limitations of pagan philosophies and the eventual influence of Christian teachings in shaping his spiritual journey. The episode concludes with a prayer expressing Augustine’s longing for eternal truth and true charity.

Episode nine covers Book VII, chapters 1-16.

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Paul Thigpen, PhD, is an internationally known speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning journalist. He has published more than sixty 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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