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City of Godby Augustine
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St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo, is one of the central figures in the history of Christianity, and City of God is one of his greatest theological works. Written as an eloquent defence 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, City of God represents a dramatic turning point in the unfolding of Christian doctrine.
The new introduction by Gill Evans examines the text in the light of contemporary Greek and Roman thought and political change. It demonstrates the importance of religious and literary influences on St. Augustine and his significance as a Christian thinker.
The work of St. Augustine of Hippo, in which he incorporated platonism into Christianity, is one of the milestones in the history of Western thought. "City of God" was inspired by Alaric's sacking of Rome in AD 410, an event which he regarded as retribution for the worship of false gods.
One of the greatest theological works with a new introduction by Gill Evans.
About the Author
Saint Augustine was born on November 13th, A.D. 354, in Tagaste (modern Souk Ahras, Algeria), and died almost seventy-six years later in Hippo Regius—(modern Annaba) on the Mediterranean coast sixty miles away. In the years between, he devoted himself to the mastery of the texts of scripture, becoming a formidable theologian.
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City of God Chronology
Arrangements and Contents of the City of God
Abbreviations Used in References
Concerning the City of God, Against the Pagans
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