Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose: The Philosophy of the Great Latin Fathers

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Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose: The Philosophy of the Great Latin Fathers

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In Christianity’s early years, three men laid the groundwork for the budding religion’s philosophy, theology, and learning. Seven centuries later, a spiritual visionary taught gripping classes on these Church Fathers.

Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose transports these gems from the archives to the public for the first time. Recorded in 1962, the set collects five conferences Thomas Merton gave to the novices at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Taking a seat in Merton’s classroom, you will explore the Doctors of the Church who shaped Western philosophy.

Why study the foundational texts of Christian thought? Merton prefaces his talks by answering this question. Because they form the basis of the contemplative and learned life, these works are vital to his brothers’ vocation. The same holds true for anyone who wants to foster critical thinking and an appreciation of the liberal arts.

You will begin with an introduction to the foremost philosopher of Christian antiquity—Saint Augustine—and his classic On Christian Doctrine. Parsing Augustine’s complex theology into accessible talks, Merton shows you his core ideas. Before taking a deeper dive into Augustine, you will turn to the mystical humanism of Saint Ambrose. Next, you will examine St. Jerome’s letters, which rank among the most important Christian texts.

As entertaining as he is knowledgeable, Merton connects with students through humorous anecdotes. His passionate teaching will both inform you and instill a lifelong love of philosophy.

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***“Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.  These recordings are from the archives of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • St. Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine (De doctrina Christiana), Part I
  • St. Ambrose’s Humanism: The Mystery of Silence and Virginity
  • An Introduction to St. Jerome: Caritas vs. Cupiditas
  • St. Augustine’s De doctrina Christiana, Part II
  • St. Augustine’s De doctrina Christiana, Part III
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Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and bestselling author of such beloved works as The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation. One of the 20th century’s great mystics, Merton was also a masterful teacher who delivered powerful conferences to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In these conferences, Merton’s thinking moved from cloistered monastic life to issues of social justice and interreligious understanding. A spiritual sage and guide for countless men and women, Merton struggled with complex questions about God’s existence and the role of organized religion.

Those who knew him also experienced his gifts as a homilist and teacher. These special, remastered recordings are part of his spoken word legacy. They are actual recordings of Thomas Merton. By agreement with The Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Now You Know Media has the sole right to record, master, re-master, duplicate, market, and disseminate copies of "The Merton Recordings," which are a selection of the archives housed in the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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