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St. Augustine of Hippo Part 2: The Confessions

“You have made us for thyself, O Lord. And our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.” This beautiful thought can be found on the very first page of Augustine’s Confessions, and the timeless gems for forming our interior life continue every page thereafter. Dr. Paul Thigpen joins TAN Publisher Conor Gallagher to discuss how exactly Augustine’s Confessions hold a mirror up to ourselves, even sixteen centuries later. Discover why this act of full transparency was so courageous, particularly during the time of the Donatist heresy. And consider why Augustine’s title of Confessions does not merely refer to his admissions of sin and guilt.

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Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher is the CEO of TAN Books. He is the Executive Director of the Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College, and also on the Board of Trustees for Belmont Abbey College. He is a Board Member at Saint Joseph College Seminary for the Diocese of Charlotte.
He is the author of “If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents”, “Still Amidst the Storm: A Family Man’s Search for Peace in an Anxious World”, “Parenting for Eternity”, and he has a series of shorter books coming out, including “You Are Never Too Busy” and “You Have Only One Problem”. He and his wife Ashley are the parents of fifteen children.


Paul Thigpen is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and grew up on one of the sea islands along the Georgia coast. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Historical Theology as a Woodruff Fellow at Emory University. He has served on the theology faculty of several colleges and universities and was appointed in 2008 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council.

Paul is an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of sixty books and more than five hundred journal and magazine articles in more than forty religious and secular periodicals. His works have been translated into sixteen languages and published around the world.

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