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The City of God: Books 1-10 (I/6)

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(The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century)

Along with his Confessions, The City of God is undoubtedly St. Augustine’s most influential work. In the context of what begins as a lengthy critique of classic Roman religion and a defense of Christianity, Augustine touches upon numerous topics, including the role of grace, the original state of humanity, t
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Published December 30th 2013 by New City Press
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Julie Davis
I'm not gonna lie - this was a slog. It was mostly because Augustine is dealing with ancient history, beliefs and gods who, for the most part, don't really have an equivalent in our time. I could see some parallels and when Augustine was talking about Christianity it was brilliant. It is just that there was precious little about Christianity. I'm not sorry I read it but I can't imagine rereading it, at least this first half. I think (hope) the second half of the book is where this shines and wil ...more
I read not only the first volume, Books 1-10, but also the second volume, Books 11-22, before writing this review. Reading The City of God has been a lifelong hope of mine, ever since I learned of Augustine's work from my early church history professor at Perkins School of Theology (SMU), William S. Babcock. In fact, Babcock dedicated his professional career to preparing this translation of Augustine's magisterial work, publishing it in his retirement (in 2012) as part of the New City Press edit ...more
Sooho Lee
Treasured and venerated for over 1500 years, this most ambitious work of this theological giant culminates all his mature musings into a tome of a zealous outcry for the "most glorious" city--the City of God. This first unequal half further splits into two provocative harangues: (1) Primarily against Greco-Roman culture and (2) primarily against Greco-Roman philosophies, specifically Neo/Platonism. Exposing its savage lust for glory, Rome haughtily self-ordinates the authority "to spare the conq ...more
Peter Bradley
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A fascinating view of a world transitioning from paganism to Christianity.

I've been wanting to read Augustine's The City of God for forty years. Somehow, though, I would plow into the first few pages and not find what I expected. Instead, I found a long discussions on Roman history, nothing of the keen observations on theology and philosophy that I expected. Then, The Great Courses put out a lecture series on t
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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, in English 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 C ...more

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