St. Augustine’s Confessions

Robert Royal guides the student through St. Augustine’s classic and highly personal book the Confessions, with a few brief excursions into his other works, including his massive and massively important City of God.

St. Augustine may very well be the most influential thinker in all of Western Christianity, a figure who had an enormous impact not only on the Church but the world as well. Join Robert Royal for this illuminating 5-week course, which originally ran as a live offering, but is now conveniently available OnDemand.

The course includes:

  • 5  1.5-hour video lectures
  • Copy of the course book, Confessions by Frank Sheed
  • Extra reading material related to the course (optional)
  • Unlimited access to the course

St. Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions is an intensely personal and emotional account of how he grew up in North Africa; then because of his sheer brilliance and eloquence quickly passed through prestigious schools in Carthage and Rome; and finally arrived in the circle of the great Archbishop of Milan, St. Ambrose, where he was converted to Catholicism. It’s a story – some think it the first ever autobiography – of sin and struggle, error and truth, restlessness and ultimately peace. As Augustine says, speaking to God, on the very first page of Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

You do not need any prior acquaintance with Augustine to take this course, only a desire to make contact with one of the great hearts and minds of the Catholic tradition.

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What course participants say

"Let me say how much I've enjoyed the class. My knowledge of St. Augustine until now was limited to the two famous quotes — "make me chaste but not yet" and "our hearts are restless until they find rest in you." Reading the Confessions has shown me why Augustine has been such a towering figure in the church. He is unlike anyone else. It's also been a privilege to have a course with Robert Royal.

- Neil G.

Thank you for providing this wonderful course. I learned so much and appreciate your sacrifices to present it. Dr. Royal is an academic and spiritual treasure!

- Judy F."

Robert Royal


Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. Among his many books are The God That Did Not Fail,  Columbus and the Crisis of the West,  and A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century.