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Anyone with a better than cursory knowledge of politics knows that a people's deepest values - their religious values - are what determine whether a society will prosper or fail. And anyone with a more than cursory knowledge of history knows that there was once an entity called Christendom - a political society self-consciously in obeisance to a total Christian view of lif ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Gateway Editions
(first published 1962)
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I loved Augustine's writings and I believe much of his philosophy is fairly enlightened for his time such as his notion of mercy for heretics and his just war concept. While many of his concepts seem a bit hopeful I like that he does not lose sight of the reality of the world and the corruption that remains in it. Unlike the other philosophers before him he realizes the ideal government is not attainable on the earth, the corruption of mankind prevents it from being so, while this is bleak Augus ...more
Jul 08, 2014 James Violand rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with gray matter.
I read this in a Political Science course at Grove City College in 1974 and have saved it hoping to read it again. I remember being very impressed, especially after studying Plato and Aristotle and their views on government. I hope to read it again soon. It influenced my way of looking at how government should operate.
Taking its readings mostly from the Civitas Dei , the 'Political Writings' form a good introduction to St.Augsutine's theological anthropology and their political consequences. What does it mean for us, socially and politically that Man as such isn`t ... well... very good? (Romans 3). One thing's for sure: the saint would have made short shrift of any utopian project.
The sections taken from Augustine was wonderful. This basically an abridged version of City of God. It leaves out a lot of the historical and mythological aspects and focuses more on the specifically political content. This book gets 4 starts because the publishers (Hacket) decided to save a buck and print it on paper that is impossible to take notes on.
Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austin, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. According to his contemporary J ...moreMore about Augustine of Hippo...