Reading Augustine: A Heart Seeking Rest

Philosophy | Religious Studies & Theology

Course Description

February 2022 Update: This course will now take place entirely on Zoom.

The African bishop Augustine of Hippo (354–430 CE) is one of the most influential thinkers in Western thought. Having shaped various fields of study, particularly theology and Medieval political philosophy, Augustine’s fingerprints can be found on the works of great writers like Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton, and artists like Boccaccio, Michelangelo, and Dürer. We have all encountered Augustine in one way or another.

This course seeks to explore Augustine in his own words. Reading closely his most famous work, The Confessions, we will try to catch a glimpse of the theological motivations behind the writing of what is considered by most scholars to be the first Western autobiography. Questions raised will include: Why did Augustine write an autobiography? How does its form, a continuous prayer, affect the narrative? How does the “inwardness” of confessional prayer connect to the “outwardness” of autobiography? Can we really evaluate our own lives and understand the significance of key events we experience? Are we free, or bound, by fate? How does freedom or bondage connect us to our family or the friendships we cultivate? What role does love (eros, storge, philia, and agape) play in our lives? How do these considerations connect to Augustine’s theology of love? Can reading Augustine help us find joy in our ever-changing world?

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • Confessions by Augustine (9780199537822)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 17 March 2022

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Jim Cullen, Nusia Matura, Joseph Vietri

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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