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St. Augustine: City of God and Christian Doctrine Kindle Edition
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Was the conversion to Christianity to blame?
City of God is in part Augustine’s response to this crisis, and requires him to tread a fine line. On the one hand, he wants to dismiss the argument that Christianity was bad for the empire, and that paganism should be encouraged again to bring back Rome’s glory days; on the other hand, he does not want to align the truth of the Christian faith with the success of an earthly empire.
What he does is to establish that there are two great cities: the earthly city, and the heavenly city: the latter is the City of God. The City of God is eternal in the sense that it will last forever, but is still now in the process of being populated. At the final judgement, those abiding in the city of God will be those raised at the last day; others will be sent to the fires of hell: and, for Augustine, this is not a metaphor, but a reality as Book 23 makes abundantly clear. However, it is not, for Augustine, superficially obvious who lives where: there are those who right now are insiders to Church life who nonetheless are enemies of the City of God; there are those who are outsiders to the Church at present who will come to be part of God’s city.
Augustine was a prolific writer, but he clearly intends this to be his ultimate compendium. He throws everything into it: philosophy (pagan and Christian), physics (as in his discussion of lodestones), biology, history, geography as well as, of course, theology.Read more ›
except the Bible.
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 20 months ago by Michael Macneil