St. Augustine in 90 Minutes
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Author: Paul Strathern
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes (Unabridged)
Format: Encoded Windows Media
Only Available in the US and Canada
© 2006 Blackstone Audio Inc
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St. Augustine's struggles with sex and a domineering mother,
followed by his spiritual crisis and conversion to Christianity detailed in his confessions ultimately led him
to his major contribution to philosophy: the fusion of the two doctrines of Christianity and Neoplatonism. This
not only provided Christianity with a strong intellectual backing but tied it to the Greek tradition of
philosophy. In this way Christianity managed to keep the flame of philosophy burning, however dimly, through
the Dark Ages. St.
Augustine also produced important philosophic ideas of his own,
including theories of time and subjective knowledge that anticipated by many centuries the work of Kant and
In St. Augustine in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise,
expert account of St. Augustine's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand
his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from St. Augustine's work, a brief list of
suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place St. Augustine within his own
age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.
Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College,
Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. A Somerset Maugham prize winner, he has written books
on history, philosophy, and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in numerous publications,
including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. He lives and writes in London.
Earphones Awards recipient Robert Whitfield was born in England and
worked for the BBC for ten years as a radio news announcer and also worked as a narrator for the Royal National
Institute for the Blind in London. In addition to narrating for Blackstone Audiobooks, he involves himself in
numerous stage-acting projects in the United States and Europe.
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beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the
source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion
is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt
in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
"Seek and 'ye shall find,
knock and the door will be opened, ask and it shall be given
"The true understanding of
both the Creator and the creation is considered to be the
transcendental or metaphysical knowledge."
"For every action there is
an equal and opposite reaction."