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City of God

ISBN-10: 0385029101
ISBN-13: 9780385029100
Edition: Abridged 
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Description: St. Augustine's masterpiece is an interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil: the City of God in conflict with the City of the Devil. Abridged for the modern reader.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/19/1958
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

St. Augustine's masterpiece is an interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil: the City of God in conflict with the City of the Devil. Abridged for the modern reader.

Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Thagaste, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war. His thoughts greatly influenced the medieval worldview. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396. Augustine was one of the most prolific Latin authors in terms of surviving works, and the list of his works consists of more than one hundred separate titles. His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinians. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians. Augustine died on August 28, 430.

Introduction
Foreword
The Problem of a Universal Society
The City of God and Universal Society
Christian Wisdom and a World Society
The Pagan Gods and Earthly Happiness
Christianity Did Not Cause the Fall of Rome
Pagan Gods Never Protected Men's Souls
Physical Evils Were Not Prevented by the Gods
Divine Justice and the Growth of the Roman Empire
Providence and the Greatness of Rome
The Pagan Gods and Future Happiness
Eternal Life and the Inadequacy of Polytheism
Criticisms of Pagan Natural Theology
Classical Philosophy and Refined Paganism
Pagan Deities, Demons, and Christian Angels
Christian Worship Contrasted with Platonic Theology
The Origin of the Two Cities
Creation and the Two Societies of Angels
Created Wills and the Distinction of Good and Evil
Adam's Sin and Its Consequences
Two Loves Originate Two Different Cities
The Development of the Two Cities
The Two Cities in Early Biblical History
The City of God from the Flood to King David
From the Age of the Prophets to Christ's Birth
The City of Man in Ancient History
The Ends of the Two Cities
Philosophy and Christianity on Man's End
Separation of the Two Cities in the Last Judgment
End and Punishment of the Earthly City
The Eternal Bliss of the City of God
Index

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