TAN Direction The Commentaries: The Confessions of St. Augustine

Dr. Paul Thigpen is your guide for The Commentaries: The Confessions of St. Augustine. A unique blend of autobiography, philosophy, and theology, Confessions encapsulates Augustine’s journey from the depths of worldly indulgence to the profound sanctity for which he is venerated today. Thigpen reveals his intense personal connection to this poignant odyssey with 20 enlightening episodes of key excerpts and insights.

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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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Episode 2 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: God and the Soul

Dr. Paul Thigpen explores Saint Augustine’s spiritual journey, discussing his initial questions about God and the soul. The Confessions is identified as the first spiritual autobiography in the Christian tradition, shedding light on Augustine’s early years and providing detailed insights into his thoughts on theology, devotion, philosophy, and psychology. Thigpen emphasizes the

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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

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Episode 4 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Early Youth

St. Augustine reflects on the shattering impact of sin, describing how it fragments and scatters the soul. He delves into the disorder of love, emphasizing the need to love God above all else. The narrative unfolds with Augustine’s struggle, influenced by his parents’ actions, his friends, and his own disordered

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Episode 5 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Later Youth

St. Augustine, initially a gifted young man, faced moral challenges in the vice-ridden city of Carthage. Engaging in lustful pursuits and embracing the theater, Augustine’s soul grappled with the consequences of his actions. The episode concludes with glimpses of Saint Monica, Augustine’s mother, persistently praying for his return to the

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