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City of God Hardcover – 12 May 1977

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Modern Library (12 May 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394603974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394603971
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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After about 40 years of 'going to read it, one of these days', I started reading Augustine's City Of God, and have just finished it.

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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Format: Hardcover
Since the beginning, the Seeds of the Woman and of the Serpent have been at war. Augustine, in this defense of the early Christian Church, tells the story of God's people through history and it's glorious conclusion. The two cities will be in conflict throughout history, but the gates of hell will not prevail against the onslaught of the victorious Church of God. In the end the Word of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. Read Augustine for this theme and for excellent groundwork in Theology.
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