Reading Group on St Augustine’s Confessions

The Louvain Newman Society is pleased to announce a new initiative. Beginning November 2011, a reading group will convene to discuss the Confessions of St Augustine.

Who: Louvain Newman Society (and you!)

What: Reading Group on St Augustine’s Confessions

When: Monday evenings (exact time to be decided), beginning 7 November

Where: American College, Naamsestraat 100

If you are interested in attending or would like to learn more, kindly contact Matthew W. Knotts at mwk3@st-andrews.ac.uk, or find him on Facebook.

This will likely begin the week following All Hallows’, proceed for four sessions or so before Christmas, and resume after the January examination period. The idea is to complete the first four or five books prior to Christmas, and then complete the rest over the second term (we should not want to be in any hurry). This would likely involve approximately 12 meetings, during which one particular book would be discussed.

Throughout all history few works have had the unique impact of St Augustine’s Confessions. It is the account of a life of a great sinner and greater saint. A book of profound power and eloquence, it uniquely transcends genre, containing elements of literature, autobiography, history, psychology, philosophy, and theology, inter alia. The Confessions has inspired and touched readers in every generation for centuries and it continues to do so today. In this group we will examine the Confessions with a particular emphasis on the theological, the philosophical, and the devotional themes expounded therein. We hope to read this work within a context of the Catholic faith, though we also hope intellectually to evaluate Confessions as well. All are most welcome.

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