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Augustine's City of God, a monumental work of religious lore, philosophy, and history, was written as a kind of literary tombstone for Roman culture. After the sack of Rome, Augustine wrote this book to anatomize the corruption of Romans' pursuit of earthly pleasures: "grasping for praise, open-handed with their money; honest in the pursuit of wealth, they wanted to hoard glory." Augustine contrasts his condemnation of Rome with an exaltation of Christian culture. The glory that Rome failed to attain will only be realized by citizens of the City of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem foreseen in Revelation. Because City of God was written for men of classical learning--custodians of the culture Augustine sought to condemn--it is thick with Ciceronian circumlocutions, and makes many stark contrasts between "Your Virgil" and "Our Scriptures." Even if Augustine's prose strikes modern ears as a bit bombastic, and if his polarized Christian/pagan world is more binary than the one we live in today, his arguments against utopianism and his defense of the richness of Christian culture remain useful and strong. City of God is, as its final words proclaim itself to be, "a giant of a book." --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The human mind can understand truth only by thinking, as is clear from Augustine."
--Saint Thomas Aquinas --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Still the best. No need for newer translations, especially by people who don't really understand Augustine. The Thomas Merton introduction is a little gem.Published 2 hours ago by Reader i
I have no intention of rating one of the all time classics, save for saying that this is a very affordable way to access one of the all time classics.Published 15 days ago by Philip Barrington
Saint Augustine reveals the reality that God is the source of unity and peace. Society is governed by the laws that God surgery for that purpose. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Padre
A very hard book to read, but well worth the time if you want to invest learning about an interesting perspective about the Lord and the kingdom of heavenPublished 1 month ago by drey c.