When: Wednesdays, March 2 – April 6, 2022, 4-5:30 ET
Leader: Dr. Brian Phillips
> Can’t make the class live? Everyone who signs up will receive the recordings to watch later.
> Certificates of Completion will be available as requested. Attendance and viewing can be confirmed.
St. Augustine stands as a larger-than-life figure in Church history, an inspiration and help to Christians within every tradition. His Confessions is one of the first spiritual autobiographies ever written, the story of one man’s journey from sinful indulgence to genuine faith in Christ. St. Augustine details how he grew to understand God, beauty, ethics, evil, and salvation. In fact, some of his opening words, offered as a prayer to God Himself, offer insight to his purpose for writing – “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
Scripture instructs us to prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God. The church calendar provides us seasons to weave patterns into our lives. The upcoming forty day season of Lent offers us a rhythm to practice as we pursue holiness. Greg Wilbur, the 2022 winner of the Paideia Prize, shared on a CiRCE blog, “Holiness is not just turning away from wickedness but rather it is the ontological declaration of righteousness in Christ manifested, and growing through, the disciplines of grace as a new affection. You can never replace something with nothing.” Join Dr. Brian Phillips as he explores St. Augustine’s Confessions.
This course will be geared towards high school students and adults who would like to learn more about St. Augustine and his Confessions. Each session will cover approximately two books of the Confessions and will include dedicated times for simply reading the text, exploring connections within the work and beyond, and wrestling with issues posed by Augustine.
Stories & Schedule
Week one: Introduction to Augustine & Books I-II (March 2nd, 2022)
Week two: Books III-IV (March 9th, 2022)
Week three: Books V-VI (March 16th, 2022)
Week four: Books VII-VIII (March 23rd, 2022)
Week five: Books IX-X (March 30th, 2022)
Week six: Books XI-XIII (April 6th, 2022)
Note: The class will meet on Wednesday afternoons, from 4:00-5:30 pm (EST). It will be led by Dr. Brian Phillips.