The City of God

The City of God Author Saint Augustine of Hippo
ISBN-10 1598563378
ISBN-13 9781598563375
Year 0000-00-00
Pages 804
Language English
Publisher Hendrickson Pub
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The human mind can understand truth only by thinking as is clear from Augustine Saint Thomas Aquinas Saint Augustine of Hippo is one of the central figures in the history of Christianity and this book is one of his greatest theological works Written as an eloquent defense of the faith at a time when the Roman Empire was on the brink of collapse it examines the ancient pagan religions of Rome the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible Pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends worldly politics and will last for eternity this book is one of the most influential documents in the development of Christianity One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought The City of God is vital to an understanding of modern Western society and how it came into being Begun in A D 413 the book s initial purpose was to refute the charge that Christianity was to blame for the fall of Rome which had occurred just three years earlier Indeed Augustine produced a wealth of evidence to prove that paganism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction However over the next thirteen years that it took to complete the work the brilliant ecclesiastic proceeded to his larger theme a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil By means of his contrast of the earthly and heavenly cities the one pagan self centered and contemptuous of God and the other devout God centered and in search of grace Augustine explored and interpreted human history in relation to eternity

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