City of God Hardcover – 12 May 1977
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"The human mind can understand truth only by thinking, as is clear from Augustine."
--Saint Thomas Aquinas --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian philosophy, The City of God provides an insightful interpretation of the development of modern Western society and the origin of most Western thought. Contrasting earthly and heavenly cities--representing the omnipresent struggle between good and evil--Augustine explores human history in its relation to all eternity. In Thomas Merton's words, "The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is a complete and unabridged version of the Marcus Dods translation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
I can only say it was a bit like a foreign holiday... a certain amount of tedium getting from one place to another; not always entirely trusting everything the tour guide says; but with enough 'Wow!' moments to make the whole thing enjoyable and worthwhile.
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Not the complete text!!! Only 13 of the 22 chapters of the book!Published 9 months ago by Michael Macneil
Augustine is one of the esteemed Christian "fathers". In the City of God he deals with Christian doctrines. Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Jacques van Heerden
I am still at the beginning but it is interesting to notice that nothing is really new under the sun.
Really thoughtful !!
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!Published on 29 July 2013 by Ralph Walker