Augustine II

Lead: In AD 386 an official orator in the imperial city of Milan, Italy, Augustine, his intellectual system in tatters and his personal life in shambles, reached a life-changing conclusion.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: When the ambitious new teacher of rhetoric arrived in the imperial capital, he paid a courtesy call on Ambrose, the local Christian bishop. The younger man was impressed with the Bishop’s demeanor, teaching ability and the honor in which the entire community held him. This encounter set in motion the steps leading to Augustine’s conversion to Christianity. He eventually became a priest and, in 395 Bishop of the City of Hippo a North African diocese in what is present-day Algeria.

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Augustine I

Lead: One of the most influential thinkers in the history of Christianity was Aurelius Augustinius. He became a bishop, but his lifestyle was not always that of a devout believer.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The future Bishop of Hippo was born in the city of Thagaste or Souk Ahas, in Numidia, an ancient North African kingdom covering what is now Algeria. His family was socially prominent, but not particularly wealthy. From the beginning Augustine was a handful, a troublesome boy, given to cheating and physical combat, bright, but not very interested in his studies. He was the pride and the heartbreak of his young mother Monica, whose Christianity held little appeal to Augustine or his elderly father Patricius.

 

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The Perdicaris Incident – I

Lead: The balmy exotic, alluring City of Tangier in the late spring of 1904 was alive with news that a wealthy American had been kidnapped.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Since 1777 Morocco has remained one of the United States most loyal allies. With a fleet led by the frigate USS Constitution, American sailors and marines helped the Sultan clean up the Barbary Coast pirates when those cutthroats threatened to overwhelm Mediterranean shipping in the early 1800s. Yet, it was the City of Tangier that exerted almost tantalizing fascination for travelers. High above the blue waters of the Atlantic terminus of the Strait of Gibraltar, the City with its white sun-washed houses, its maze-like old quarter evoking images of opium dens and wild sexual adventures, its exotic blend of Middle Eastern and European culture, have all held fast the world’s imagination. Long after the West had become addicted to one of its exports, the small, sweet orange known as the tangerine, the world was hooked on Tangier.

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