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City of God (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

By Bishop of Hippo Saint Augustine, Henry Bettenson (Translator), G. R. Evans (Introduction by), Nantiya Ruan (Editor) & Jake Elphick (Contributor)
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Pages   1168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.82" Width: 5.08" Height: 2.02"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 6, 2004
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0140448942  
EAN  9780140448948  


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A revised edition of one of the most infuential documents in the development of Christianity 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. Includes new introduction, chronology, and bibliography

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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.Includes new introduction, chronology, and bibliography

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! St Augustine of Hippo, the great Doctor of the Latin Church, was born at Thagaste in North Africa, in 354 CE. He was brought up as a Christian but he was soon converted to the Manichean religion. He also came under the influence of Neoplatonism. However, in 387 he renounced all his unorthodox beliefs and was baptised into Christianity. His surviving works have profoundly influenced Christian theology and the psychology and political theology of the West.

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Not For Beginners  Feb 20, 2010
St. Augustine of Hippo is one of the most enlightened men to ever live, but be forewarned: the City of God--while doubtlessly a magnum opus that stands among the giants in the history of philosophy--equals the Bible in length and matches Descartes in density. Unless you are already deeply knowledgeable in Christian theology and Platonist philosophy, I would recommend that you take a college course on Augustine rather than trying to tackle this on your free time.

The entirety of this work, sans footnotes and elaborations, can be found online: [...]
 
A Revelation  Feb 18, 2010
I've done considerable reading in what would be classed as "Great Christian Literature" but thought Augustine would turn out to be boring. Absolutely Not Boring. He's funny, razor sharp, and has allegorical insights which are wonderful. His analyses of the progress of the City of God and the City of Earth are splendid...how come churches don't talk about this stuff? For instance... did you know that when the visigoths sacked Rome, they spared the lives of all who claimed to be Christians and took refuge in a Christian place of worship? I didn't. Do you know why? I didn't... the visigoths were Christians (of the Arian sect). Now I'll bet they never told you that. Now, you've got to like reading, it's 2 inches thick with no "pop-ups" ... I loved reading this.
 
Augustine Vol 7  Feb 2, 2010
This was the last book in the series "City of God" and it completes this portion of my library. Good translation according to my daughter who reads ancient Latin.
 
City of God.  Jan 24, 2010
City of God is a Beautifully written book,A Response to Pagans at the time who blamed much of the disasters and invasions on Christianity.(History tends to repeat itself)The book as well as Saint Augustine's Arguments for the Church are as Relevant today as they were when he first started writing the first book of this massive work in 410.The book is a Classic. It's more than an Apologetic work,It's a Historic and philosophic book.A Must Read!
 
Augustine theology  Nov 4, 2009
This is a classic in Christian theology, an excellent reference in 4th century theology, still current particularly for the psychologal analogy of the trinity.
 

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