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Augustine of Hippo

  • Presbyterian Theological College 684 Elgar Road Box Hill North, VIC, 3129 Australia (map)

PTC is pleased to announce our intensive unit for 2019, ‘Augustine of Hippo, His Times and His Theology’.

We will be taught by Rev Dr Peter Barnes (M.A. (Hons), B.D., Dip.Ed, ThD.).

Peter is a Presbyterian minister who lives in Sydney. He has served in the mission field in Vanuatu, ministered on the Nambucca River in the northern NSW, and is currently pastor at Revesby Presbyterian Church.

He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Christ College, Sydney, in the area of Church History.

Rev Dr Peter Barnes

Rev Dr Peter Barnes

Unit Description

This subject provides students with an opportunity to study and assess the historiography and theology of Augustine.   

It aims at facilitating students with knowledge on understanding Augustine’s life and theology in historical context. It also aims at helping students to form their view on Augustine’s theology in historical context.

Unit content

  • Introduction  to  the  Life  of  Augustine  of  Hippo  

  • Augustine’s  Influence  Through History

  • Augustine's  Confessions                                                     

  • The  Controversies  -  the  Manichaeans                                        

  • The  Donatists        

  • The  Pelagians                                                                            

  • Augustine's  The  Spirit  and  the  Letter    

  • Augustine  on  Justification

  • Augustine  and  the  Bible                                                             

  • Augustine  as  Pastor  and  Preacher

  • Augustine's  On  Christian  Teaching                               

  • Augustine's  On  the  Trinity                                           

  • Augustine,  Monasticism  and  Asceticism                     

  • Augustine on  the  Good  Life                                         

  • Augustine  on  the  Sacraments                                                 

  • Augustine's  The  City  of  God                                               

  • Augustine's  Political  Thought                                      

  • Evaluation

Can't view the timetable? Click here for a printer friendly pdf version.


  1. All CH789i (MA) students are only required to attend all the day sessions from Monday to Friday.

  2. All CH489i and CH689i students are required to attend all sessions including the Public Seminar on Wednesday evening and the Saturday tutorial sessions in order to fulfill the requirements of 36 contact hours for this unit. The content of the tutorial session will be announced at the first class.

Study options

This unit is available to attend for personal development, or can be taken for credit towards a degree at any ACT affiliated college.

The unit is approved to teach at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level.

  • Undergraduate: CH489i

  • Graduate: CH689i

  • Post-graduate: CH789i

To inquire about enrolling in this unit for credit, please contact our registrar.


Students who enrol for credit are required to complete pre-reading. This is optional for audit students, but encouraged!

Pre-Reading: 400 pages (4cps) or 500 pages (6 cps) : selected from the primary source texts. One must be Augustine’s Confessions.  Student needs to sign and declare that the reading has been completed and to hand in the declaration statement on the day when the class is commenced 



Cost to audit this intensive is $260.00.

To enrol for Audit, please select the “Enrol Now for Audit” option below.

Audit registrations must be received online on or before August 16th, 2019.


This unit is accredited by the ACT, and is charged at the same rate as other ACT subjects.

Please contact the Registrar to discuss enrolling for credit, including academic requirements, pre-reading, eligibility for FEE-HELP, etc.

Credit enrollments must be received by the Registrar by August 9th, 2019, 9:00 am.

Once your enrollment form for CH489i, CH689i, or CH789i has been completed, please email the form to


Refreshments including tea, coffee, juice and a light morning tea are included in the ticket price for all attendees.

A lunch cart is provided with many fresh, well priced choices. Students who wish to bring their own lunch are free to do so.


Earlier Event: 15 July
Later Event: 14 August
Free Public Seminar