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St. Augustine of Hippo: The City of God [Kindle Edition]

St. Augustine of Hippo , Paul A Boer Sr
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In The City of God (begun in 413, but Books 20-22 were written in 426) Augustine answers the pagans, who attributed the fall of Rome (410) to the abolition of pagan worship. Considering this problem of Divine Providence with regard to the Roman Empire, he widens the horizon still more and in a burst of genius he creates the philosophy of history, embracing as he does with a glance the destinies of the world grouped around the Christian religion, the only one which goes back to the beginning and leads humanity to its final term. The City of God is considered as the most important work of the great bishop. The other works chiefly interest theologians; but it, like the Confessions, belongs to general literature and appeals to every soul. The Confessions are theology which has been lived in the soul, and the history of God's action on individuals, while The City of God is theology framed in the history of humanity, and explaining the action of God in the world.

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St Augustine of Hippo was the great Doctor of the Latin Church. Born in North Africa in AD 354, he was brought up as a Christian and at 16 went to Carthage to finish his education. Until 387, Augustine followed the Manichean religion and founded his own school of rhetoric in Rome. After his baptism, he returned to Africa and lived in the community he formed there until his death in 430. His written output there includes Confessions and City of God, among over 113 books.

Henry Bettenson (1908-1979) (translator) was educated at Bristol University and Oriel College, Oxford. He taught Classics for 25 years at Charterhouse 'Documents of the Christian Church' and 'Early Christian Fathers'.

Dr Gill Evans (introducer) teaches medieval intellectual history, medieval theology and ecumenical theology in the Faculty of History at Cambridge. She has published widely in this area.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 744 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478129204
  • Publisher: Veritatis Splendor Publications (24 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EKYJX2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
St. Augustine's immortal classic is incredibly long and very, very hard to follow at times. When I set out to read this a few years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. I read it because a professor I had in college that I greatly respected told me he'd never been able to read it all the way through, and I thought my reading it would impress him, or something. It took me forever, but I read it from cover to cover, and it was a rewarding experience. The book is essentially a very long examination of Christian theology, contrasted sharply with Roman paganism. There are very few theological questions that aren't at least touched upon; many of the ideas that would vex Christian philosophers for centuries are first addressed here. Augustine brings a fine, lucid mind and good instinct for argument and rhetoric to the discussion. This book is a must-read for anyone who takes the intellectual component of their Christian faith seriously. Highly recommended.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this is not what it says it is. 30 Mar. 2011
By Fr Ian
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not the Penguin Classics version. A little further reading on the page will reveal that it is the Dods translation from the last third of the 19th century, rather than Bettenson from the end of the 20th. Several months ago I pointed this out to Customer Service, who told me that they would contact the publisher to have the misleading information removed. So far, no result. Hence this review.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons to read The City of God 12 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Any thinking Christian is daunted by this three-pound monster, but he owes it to himself to read it, front to back. The Great Doctor of the Latin Church here set forth the tenets for the entire Church to come, based on diligent studies of Scripture. Augustine is surprisingly readable when discussing history and even rises to humor when he discusses ancient Roman religious practices. He anticipates many of the great existentialists by over a millenium and a half in his treatments of the Old Testament. At the end of an exhausting journey, one is left with a reaffirmed faith and renewed strength in the promise of our Savior. No man should be deprived of the nourishment of the mind and spirit contained in this book. Happy reading!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, but worth it 12 Aug. 2005
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City of God is a very challenging piece of work with incredible depth and insight. Metaphysical is a very apt description, as St Augustine turns his attention to very profound subject matters ranging from the nature of the soul, the nature of Angels, to the issue of good and evil and how evil is ultimately non existent.
The first part of the work requires a degree of patience, as it mainly concentrates on the debauchery of Ancient Rome and how it led to its fall from grace. The latter part of the novel considers the metaphysical discussions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular value 29 Mar. 2013
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Kindle has been something of a learning curve for both producers and readers. I increasingly think these items where there is a charge, but a nominal one, are a better bet than completely free items, because someone making a book available free doesn't owe anyone anything.

This City of God at 77p is pleasantly formatted and typeset, and has an interactive table of contents. How much more can you ask? I imagine the translation is an old one, but this is not a problem as it reads fluently and easily.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consummation of the Classical Tradition!! 21 Dec. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book for the sake of pleasure, and nothing more. What a surprise I was in for! I've always admired classical texts, and the tradition of rhetoric which has influenced even the greatest speakers of our own times, such as Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy. However, I was totally unprepared for the moving experience of St. Augustine's written words. Had I not been a Christian before I read this book, I believe I would have been compelled to convert! The most interesting aspect of this work seems to me, to be that the utilization of such an ingrained, classical tradition as rhetoric was being applied (and rather effectively so) toward what was to become the new paradigm of Western Heritage. All things classical would be replaced by all things Christian, but thus so by the influence of powerful speakers--who were trained in the Classical tradition! This book is an enjoyable read; both for aspiring religious scholars AND lovers of classical culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars City of God 5 May 2014
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Augustine is one of the esteemed Christian "fathers". In the City of God he deals with Christian doctrines. Unfortunately he was strongly influenced by Plato and the Jewish philosopher Philo, and through his stature he has actually misled the church on a couple of important issues. It is still worthwhile reading for those who are interested in Church history.
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I've been determined for years to read Augustine's COG one day. Having this cheap Kindle copy available in my hands makes it more likely I will now do so!
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