City of God, Book 16: From Noah to Moses

This summary/review will be a bit different - less Cliff Notes, more critique. To be honest, this was my least favorite book so far. The book covers a lot of ground - from Noah's exit from the ark to the Tower of Babel to the call and life of Abraham and his sons to Moses, … Continue reading City of God, Book 16: From Noah to Moses

City of God, Book 15: Urban Sprawl in the Two Cities

I'm convinced writing these summaries is beneficial, but I'd have been done with Augustine's tome long ago if I wasn't writing these. But I am benefiting from writing these, if for no one but myself. Book 15 traces the progress of the two cities, the "two societies of human beings, one of which is predestined … Continue reading City of God, Book 15: Urban Sprawl in the Two Cities

City of God, Book 14: Sin and God’s Purposes (or Sex without Lust)

Book Fourteen was interesting, awkward, and incredible. Augustine reminds the reader that God created mankind from one man for a reason (he could have created millions of humans on Day Six, but he didn't). In part, this was so "the human race should not merely be united in a society by natural likeness, but should … Continue reading City of God, Book 14: Sin and God’s Purposes (or Sex without Lust)

Christian, Don’t Use the Truth to Lie

The other day I caught Luke eating chips up in Caleb's room, in his bed no less (Caleb isn't home currently). I said, "Didn't I just hear your mom tell you not to eat chips upstairs?" In typical teenage fashion he replied, "Mom told me not to eat chips in my room. I'm in Caleb's … Continue reading Christian, Don’t Use the Truth to Lie

City of God, Book 11: God’s Good Creation

Book 11 starts Part II of Augustine's City of God. Here the author sets out to describe the origins and the ends of the two cities - the City of God and the earthly city. The City of God is a glorious, eternal City that cannot be shaken, founded on the love of God. Those … Continue reading City of God, Book 11: God’s Good Creation