The seventh age is our Sabbath rest. Probably the most difficult book I've ever read just because of the sheer size and scope of the book-- not to mention the difficulty of the topics. LibraryThing member Balnaves. In the dying days of the Roman Empire, a bishop from Numidia present-day Algeria sat down to write a manifesto for Christianity.
The result was City of God, a cornerstone of Christian philosophy and one of the most influential religious works ever written. Just three years after the sack of Rome by the Goths, Augustine refuted the claim that Christianity was to blame for this act, and wrote an eloquent and influential defence of his faith.
He saw history as an age-old struggle between good and evil, symbolised by the pagan, earthly city of human desires and the City of God. Where then should Christians live and how should they live together?
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The answer, for Augustine, was not a utopia or a theocracy. No society on earth can ever be perfect; the true home for Christians is heaven, the City of God. Our edition has been designed to enhance the reading experience in every way. It uses the late 19th-century translation by the Reverend Marcus Dods, widely considered to be definitive.
A structural synopsis provides a detailed breakdown of the matter of each book, and there is a comprehensive page index.
LibraryThing member Scarchin. My recommendation to any layperson who is planning on reading this is - don't. If I could do it again, I would read it as part of a class or read something more accessible that summarized the essential and relevant points. LibraryThing member a1abwriter. So far I've read pages of how Rome was the best and worst place every but, its picking up unfortunately putting it down and reading something else for right now update Finished it and I would say skip the first pages unless you want a Ancient Roman history lesson and dive right into the Diamond of Christian theology that this is.
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ISBN 13: 9780140448948
My goodness, what a difficult book. To some degree, it was a response to the fact that Rome was sacked by barbarians.
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LibraryThing member matthewgray. Best parts are where he discusses issues of predestination, the source of evil, the history and source of pagan religions and the reality of demonic powers. Also his discussion and interpretation of Revelation 20 and the millennium; and his extensive discussions on Genesis.
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In some places it might be alleged that he held views akin to Roman Catholicism in regard to purgatory and the sacramental and ecclesiastical system. However, this is not a major part of this work and much of it must be understood in the context of the 4th and 5th century, not in the context of Roman Catholicism from the 13th century onwards.
The major weakness I feel in this work is his over-emphasis on the immortality of the soul, something which he admits is in line with Platonist philosophy. This is not established Biblically. He is morally conservative, in a liberalistic pagan society, this we need to take note of in the church today.
Overall this is a great work to read, written by a great man, although let us remember he was still but a man. Very glad to have read it - worth the effort. LibraryThing member mattries As a backlash against Christianity grew after the sack of Roman in AD, Augustine of Hippo took up his pen to respond to pagans and philosophers as well as inform Christians about their priorities between heaven and earth.
However, this great undertaking was at last completed in twenty-two books. Of these, the first five refute those who fancy that the polytheistic worship is necessary in order to secure worldly prosperity, and that all these overwhelming calamities have befallen us in consequence of its prohibition.
In the following five books I address myself to those who admit that such calamities have at all times attended, and will at all times attend, the human race, and that they constantly recur in forms more or less disastrous, varying only in the scenes, occasions, and persons on whom they light, but, while admitting this, maintain that the worship of the gods is advantageous for the life to come. But that no one might have occasion to say, that though I had refuted the tenets of other men, I had omitted to establish my own, I devote to this object the second part of this work, which comprises twelve books, although I have not scrupled, as occasion offered, either to advance my own opinions in the first ten books, or to demolish the arguments of my opponents in the last twelve.
Of these twelve books, the first four contain an account of the origin of these two cities—the city of God, and the city of the world. The second four treat of their history or progress; the third and last four, of their deserved destinies. As indicated in the above passage from the Retractions , the City of God can be further subdivided into the following parts:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see City of God disambiguation.
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