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Overview No book except the Bible itself had a greater influence on the Middle Ages than The City of God. And since medieval Europe was the cradle of modern Western society, this work is vital for understanding our world and how it came into being. St. Augustine is probably the most influential Christian thinker after St. Paul, and this book is his masterpiece, a vast synthesis of religious and secular knowledge. It began as a reply to the charge that Christian other-worldliness was causing the decline of the Roman Empire. Augustine produced a wealth of evidence to prove that paganism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction. Then he proceeded to his larger theme, a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil: the City of God in conflict with the Earthly City or the City of the Devil. This, the first serious attempt at a philosophy of history, was to have incalculable influence in forming the Western mind on the relations of Church and State and on the Christian's place in the temporal order.
Publishers Description No book except the Bible itself had a greater influence on the Middle Ages than "City of God." Since medieval Europe was the cradle of today's Western civilization, this work by consequence is vital for understanding our world and how it came into being. Saint Augustine is often regardarded as the most influential Christian thinker after Saint Paul, and "City of God "is his materpiece, a cast synthesis of religious and secular knowledge. It began as a reply to the charge that Christian otherworldiness was causing the decline of the Roman Empire. Augustine produced a wealth of evidence to prove that paganism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction. Then he proceeded to his larger theme, a cosmic interpretation of in terms of the struggle between good and evilL the City of God in conflict with the Earthly City or the City of the Devil. This, the first serious attempt at a philosophy of history, was to have incalculable influence in forming the Western mind on the relations of church and state, and on the Christian's place in the temporal order. The original "City of God" contained twenty-two books and filles three regular-sized volumes. This edition has been skillfully abridged for the intelligent general reader by Vernon J. Bourke, author of "Augustine's Quest for Wisdom," making the heart of this monumental work available to a wide audience.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 1.6" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1958
ISBN 0385029101 ISBN13 9780385029100
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Saint Augustine was one of those towering figures who so dominated his age that the age itself bears his name. the Age of Augustine was a time of transition, and Augustine was a genius of such stature that, according to Christopher Dawson, "he was, to a far greater degree than any emperor or general or barbarian war-lord, a maker of history and a builder of the bridge which was to lead him from the old world to the new." He was the ablest religious thinker and controversialist at a period when theological controversy reached a level of intellectual refinement never achieved before or since. He was a tireless preacher and he wrote 118 treatises, including the most famous spiritual autobiography of all time, The Confessions. Of all these works, the one most prized by Augustine was his City of God, a veritable encyclopedia of information on the lives, thoughts and aspirations of ancient and early Christian man.
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City of God Jan 18, 2007
This is a great little copy of the city of God. It is penguin and that somehow matters to me. But the City of God is pretty intense. Historically is is really interesting. They thought differently back then you know. Not real relevant to this generation. But there are pieces of little truth that can be pulled from it that are timeless and life changing.
Great Jan 4, 2007
The item was shipped on schedule, and I recieved it within a few days.
Finally, a good translation Aug 3, 2006
Saint Augustine was one-of-a-kind. As an "Early Church Father" his impact upon Christianity is second only to Jesus and the Apostles. No one has been more prolific in their writing than the Bishop of Hippo. The City of God is a must read for anyone that possess the St.Augustine Prayer Book, and/or the Confessions. You need it to appreciate even more fully the spirituality of this saint. It helps one to understand more about why he said things the way he said them. I have given this book to high school seniors that have later considered a religious vocation. Should you get this book, my prayer for you is that the King of Glory will bless you as much as He blessed me in the reading. PAX, bb
St. Augustine's Writings Mar 2, 2006
Excellent book of St. Augustine's writings, just what I wanted to read.
A Must Read! Nov 10, 2005
This is a classic work of the Ancient Church. St. Augustine presents to us the Biblical view as to why things are the way they are. Beginning with Genesis 3:15 we have two cities in the world: the City of man and the City of God. These two cities exist together till the end of the world. He explains God's plan in all this and how those in the City of God must understand thier citizenship in the City of God and the definition of this city and all that God is doing in the City of God and what he is doing to and allowing in the City of man. Augustine follows Paul in his opening argument in Romans 1:18ff to Acts 17, this book is both an apologetic and a theology of the Christian faith.