Augustine remains among the most well-known Fathers of the early Church. But, how did Augustine’s writings become known to a wider audience after his death? In this episode, we will explore how Augustine’s writings survived in to sixth century Italy through the work of Cassiodorus. Augustine had an initial audience among Italy’s Christians.
Ambrose of Milan played a very important role in Augustine’s conversion. When Augustine met Ambrose, he was in a difficult position: he was no longer intellectually committed to Manicheism but he had not yet overcome some of the major philosophical and theological challenges which the movement had posed to him.
Who was St. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine? In this episode, we take a look at the life and work of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) who was arguably the most learned Catholic theologian and apologist of the sixteenth century.
At the moment of his death, Augustine’s North Africa was being quickly overrun by Vandal forces.
How Unique Was Augustine in Resolving Conflicting Canonical Lists?
How unique were Augustine’s statements about conflicting canons of Scripture? In this bonus episode,
Jerome’s Supporters and Opponents
Jerome had many friends and foes throughout his lifetime. In this episode, we discuss a listener’s question: Who were Jerome’s contemporary dialogue partners?
Jerome and the Knowledge of Hebrew in Early Church
Why were there so few Christians during Jerome’s time who had a firm command of the Hebrew language? In this episode, we respond to a listener’s question concerning the knowledge of Hebrew in the ancient church.
Jerome, Scholarship and the Deuterocanonical Books
In an earlier episode, Dr. Erik Estrada claimed that it is almost virtually impossible to root out the idea from scholarship that Jerome rejected the Deuterocanonical books.
Augustine, Jerome and Their Use of Each Other’s Writing
What was the connection between Jerome and Augustine? Were they contemporaries? Did they influence on each other?
Jerome and the Old Testament Canon pt 2 – Three Perspectives on Deuterocanonical Books
Over the course of his life (ca. 331/347-419/420), Jerome adopted three perspectives toward the canon of the Old Testament. Although he is very often seen as one who completely rejected the authority of the Deuterocanonical books (e.g., Judith, Tobit and Sirach),
St. Augustine on Sinful Clergy, Donatism and the Spiritual Life
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) devoted much of his work as a bishop to writing about the spiritual life and sinful clergy. In light of the recent scandals in the Catholic Church, we are going to look at Augustine’s treatment of the Christian’s spiritual life as it pertained to the controversy with Donatism.
Church Scandals, Reform and Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo provides us an historical example of how one bishop dealt with challenges involving the Bishop of Rome in regards to Church discipline and doctrine.