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City Of God : Image Classics -  Augustine

City Of God

Image Classics

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Published: 19th January 1958
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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.

"The human mind can understand truth only by thinking, as is clear from Augustine." - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Introductionp. 7
Forewordp. 13
The Problem of a Universal Societyp. 13
The City of God and Universal Societyp. 21
Christian Wisdom and a World Societyp. 33
The Pagan Gods and Earthly Happiness
Christianity Did Not Cause the Fall of Romep. 39
Pagan Gods Never Protected Men's Soulsp. 66
Physical Evils Were Not Prevented by the Godsp. 78
Divine Justice and the Growth of the Roman Empirep. 84
Providence and the Greatness of Romep. 99
The Pagan Gods and Future Happiness
Eternal Life and the Inadequacy of Polytheismp. 119
Criticisms of Pagan Natural Theologyp. 135
Classical Philosophy and Refined Paganismp. 144
Pagan Deities, Demons, and Christian Angelsp. 172
Christian Worship Contrasted with Platonic Theologyp. 186
The Origin of the Two Cities
Creation and the Two Societies of Angelsp. 205
Created Wills and the Distinction of Good and Evilp. 244
Adam's Sin and Its Consequencesp. 269
Two Loves Originate Two Different Citiesp. 295
The Development of the Two Cities
The Two Cities in Early Biblical Historyp. 323
The City of God from the Flood to King Davidp. 363
From the Age of the Prophets to Christ's Birthp. 378
The City of Man in Ancient Historyp. 391
The Ends of the Two Cities
Philosophy and Christianity on Man's Endp. 427
Separation of the Two Cities in the Last Judgmentp. 483
End and Punishment of the Earthly Cityp. 494
The Eternal Bliss of the City of Godp. 507
Indexp. 546
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ISBN: 9780385029100
ISBN-10: 0385029101
Series: Image Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 551
Published: 19th January 1958
Publisher: IMPACT BKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.7  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Abridged