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The “Panegyric and Oration to Origen” continues, as St. Gregory tells us all about how Origen convinced his brother and him to come study with him. Then he tells about Origen’s methods of educating them in critical thinking and philosophy.

Part 4

25:40.

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The Life of St. Augustine ends, with a copy of a final letter from St. Augustine urging bishops and clergy to stay with their people as long as they are needed; and then, Possidius and his companions say goodbye to their teacher and friend.

Part 8

36:10.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as we hear about the invasion of Africa and Augustine’s last illness.

Part 7.

17:49.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as we learn how Augustine organized his home-monastery, his mealtime manners, and a bunch of other stuff.

Part 6.

17:25.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues. (Sorry that I forgot to post this last week.) This week we hear about his arguments with Pelagians, how Augustine did when serving as a judge, and his methods of interceding for prisoners with the Imperial authorities.

Part 5.

11:40.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as Augustine confronts Donatists, Manichaeans, and Arians in public debate, and is led by the Holy Spirit to mess up a sermon.

Part 4

14:36.

There’s a lot that’s not pretty in these two parts. Clearly, there seems to have been some outrageous and dangerous stuff going on; but equally clearly, there’s something creepy about state prosecution of religious dissent. As Augustine found out, the hand of the state can also chill free discussion and thus stand in the way of changing people’s minds with argument. So there’s a lot to think about here.

On the other hand, the story of Augustine’s digression is very comforting. In the end, you really don’t have any idea how other people are going to take things; and the effect you have on people is not really under your control. However, God is quite capable of putting all kinds of stuff to use; and if you offer yourself to serve Him, He may very well put you to use in some very odd ways.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as Augustine contends with the Donatists and their militant griefer bandit wing, the Circumcellions.

Btw, the “certain bishop of Calama” is supposed to be Possidius, our writer.

Part 3.

15:08.

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