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
Book Two of Augustine's City of God was mostly focused on the moral degradation the gods had allowed/condoned/promoted within Rome. It was about Rome's internal decay. At the beginning of Book Three, Augustine acknowledges that his opponents may not really care about those moral calamities, so he switches gears and takes up "those ills which … Continue reading City of God, Book 3: Who’s to Blame?
BOOKS 2016 (Rated out of five thumbs up) The Theology of Augustine, Matthew Levering 👍👍👍👍 Augustine on the Christian Life, Gerald Bray 👍👍👍👍 Confessions, St. Augustine 👍👍👍👍👍 What is the Mission of the Church, Kevin DeYoung 👍👍👍👍 Being Mortal, Atul Gawande 👍👍👍👍 The Man Of Sin, Kim Riddlebarger 👍👍👍 1&2 Thessalonians, John Stott 👍👍👍 Religions … Continue reading Reading List 2016
Gene Edward Veith Jr's book, God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life is one I will be recommending a lot to friends (I finished the book on Monday and have recommended it twice already this week). It's not a long book, and not overly technical. Instead, Veith offers and accessibly and liberating … Continue reading Book Review: God at Word, Gene Edward Veith Jr.