St. Augustine's Confessions: The Arc of Conversion

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University
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St. Augustine's Confessions: The Arc of Conversion

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

As with any great work of the literary imagination, the Confessions of Saint Augustine defies categorization. It is part spiritual autobiography, part theological meditation—but above all, it is one of the most superb masterpieces ever written.

In St. Augustine’s Confessions: The Arc of Conversion, you will join leading Augustine expert and award-winning professor James Wetzel in exploring this timeless work anew. You will come to see how the Confessions is both his most personal and universal work—one that has had incalculable influence in the history of Christianity and Western philosophy. Reading his text closely, you will look at its structures, context, metaphors, themes of conversion, and enduring power to inspire.

Whatever your level of familiarity with Augustine, you will plumb new depths of meaning in these erudite, insightful lectures. While Augustine is a master of words and an artist of affections, you will discover that it is precisely these gifts that he must dispossess to become receptive to the voice of God. Above all else, a confession demands humility, a virtue that can only be offe

As with any great work of the literary imagination, the Confessions of Saint Augustine defies categorization. It is part spiritual autobiography, part theological meditation—but above all, it is one of the most superb masterpieces ever written.

In St. Augustine’s Confessions: The Arc of Conversion, you will join leading Augustine expert and award-winning professor James Wetzel in exploring this timeless work anew. You will come to see how the Confessions is both his most personal and universal work—one that has had incalculable influence in the history of Christianity and Western philosophy. Reading his text closely, you will look at its structures, context, metaphors, themes of conversion, and enduring power to inspire.

Whatever your level of familiarity with Augustine, you will plumb new depths of meaning in these erudite, insightful lectures. While Augustine is a master of words and an artist of affections, you will discover that it is precisely these gifts that he must dispossess to become receptive to the voice of God. Above all else, a confession demands humility, a virtue that can only be offered, never claimed.

As you “pick up and read” this spiritual masterwork, you will become the reader of another soul and discover the divine generosity that shines through its pages. These lectures will lead you into the restless heart of which Augustine speaks, one that is startled by grace and desiring of peace.

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Prof. James Wetzel, Ph.D., is a leading expert on St. Augustine and an award-winning professor. He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Augustinian Chair at Villanova University, where he also serves as the Associate Director of the Augustinian Institute. He received his doctorate and two master’s degrees from Columbia University, and his B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University. A teacher of philosophy and religious studies for more than twenty-five years, he has taught, apart from his years at Villanova, at Colgate University, Brown University, Princeton University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Prof. Wetzel is the author of three books, Augustine and the Limits of Virtue (Cambridge University, 1992), Augustine: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2010), and Parting Knowledge: Essays after Augustine (Cascade, 2013). He also edited Augustine’s City of God: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University, 2012), and has published numerous chapters in books, reviews, and academic articles in such journals as Augustinian Studies, The Journal of Religion, and Harvard Theological Review. His awards include the Phi Eta Sigma Professor of the Year in 1997, the Panhellenic Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000, and the Veritas Medallion for Research in 2014.
Praise for James Wetzel
“Wetzel is one of the most profound of Augustine scholars in our age, and a remarkably illuminating and luminous teacher. His writings have shaped Augustine scholarship for a generation.” – Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia
“Wetzel is the most profound and original interpreter of Augustine currently working in the English-speaking world.” – Paul J. Griffiths, Duke Divinity School
“Both Wetzel’s writings and his masterly teaching skills rate him as among the very best of those who engage Augustine’s thought with freshness and clarity for a contemporary audience in search of living wisdom.”– Martin Laird, O.S.A., Villanova University
“St. Augustine is a complex and rich thinker who always attended to the heart, the affective, in the search for God. Jim Wetzel’s approach to understanding Augustine is similarly embedded in the multi-dimensional human search for meaning; the heart has its place.” – Prof. Michael Higgins, Sacred Heart University

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