Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Saint Augustine Preface

We are using Veritas Press timeline cards in our studies. Highly recommended. Beautiful artwork on one side history on the other side. According to my cards, basically, Saint Augustine was born to a polytheistic father and a Catholic mother. His mother, Monica, was concerned about his lifestyle. He was wild. Self-indulgent probably careless and irresponsible. She prayed for him without ceasing. Any moms out there feel like that? St. Augustine explored many different philosophies and religions. For reasons I have not yet discovered, in 387, he was baptized. He entered the monastary, became a priest and finally a bishop of Hippo in N. Africa. Mom's prayers were answered. Awesome! So, what does that mean for  Christians today? That was soooo long ago. That doesn't have anything to do with the way I worship today, or does it?
The Confessions of St Augustine have been translated into more languages than any Latin writings except Virgil (he is on the reading list, by the way). It has been called the greatest spiritual autobiography of all time.
OK, fabulous. I certainly hope that I am ready for this. I am, hopefully, going to hold hands with some of the other homeschooling moms as we walk down this scarcely trodden path. A path not often taken by....well, MOMS.
I am not an intellectual. I am just a homeschooling mom of three with a strong desire to know MORE. More about early Christians, the pioneers of the Christian faith. What do all these terms mean? Calvinism? Protestant? Paganism? Manichaeism? How did the work of the early theologists impact the way that I worship now? Come back tomorrow.....for Chapter one.

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