In Book Ten, Augustine continues pressing the Platonist to acknowledge their inconsistency, especially as it relates to the worship of gods/demons. The Platonist recognize that "the soul of man, though immortal and rational (or intellectual), cannot attain happiness except by participation in light of God, the creator of the soul and the whole world." And … Continue reading City of God, Book 10: Demon’s Pride
In Genesis 1 we read, So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.Genesis 1:27 Yes, man is in the image of God. Yes, woman is in the image of God. But together as man and woman we more fully represent the … Continue reading Image Bearing Requires Diversity
Augustine's Book 6 continues his dismantling of Roman religion and philosophy. In particular, Book 6 addresses those who would claim that the gods are to be worshiped for what they give in the next life, not the material blessings they give in this life. Of course, Christians do indeed worship the One True God and … Continue reading City of God, Book 6: Trust these gods?
Book Five is the most theological so far, covering ground I am more familiar with (more familiar than Roman history and myth). It is Augustine's goal to demonstrate that Rome's expansion was due to God's plan and give some insight into why God allowed the Roman Empire to conquer and grow. Augustine states in unequivocally … Continue reading City of God, Book 5: Fate?
Throughout Books One to Three, Augustine has demonstrated that the Roman gods were no true protectors of the city - not from internal rot and not from external threats. In Book Four Augustine pulls at the disorganized threads of Roman religion until it unravels and the folly of paganism is laid bare. In Book Three, … Continue reading City of God, Book 4: Rome’s Silly Gods