Augustine for Beginners

Date(s) - February 3, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Longhouse Ministry, United Church

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Gordon Gray, an SFU humanities teacher and student, will be giving a talk on “St. Augustine” at the Long House Church at 7 pm on February 3. 

His presentation will begin with a brief overview of Augustine’s personal history, and then offer samples of his importance in modern thought, including:

– why his book “Confessions” is often considered the first  spiritual autobiography and a key resource for us students of addiction;
– how his concept of non-linear time is a forerunner to the 19th-century philosopher Henri Bergson, and even Albert Einstein;
– the origin of his concept of “just war;”
– the influence of early heresies (Donatists, Pelagians, Manicheans, and Arians) on his thinking; and 
– why we can say with some justification that “Paul created Christianity, and Augustine created Catholicism.” 
The evening will consist of ample time for questions and responses, including how others have found encouragement in Augustine’s thoughts via his letters, prayers, commentaries, etc.

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