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
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 Book Eight Augustine leaves behind his discussion of the religion of the theatre and the temple, of the people on the street, and focuses his attention on "they who profess to be 'lovers of wisdom'". If wisdom is identified with God, then these men are lovers of God, but, contends Augustine, not everything that … Continue reading City of God, Book 8: Close, but no Cigar
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?
In Book 2, Augustine continues his defense of Christianity against the claim that it is responsible for the sacking of Rome. In Book 1 he asserted that it was due to the barbarians regard for Christ's name that so many were shown mercy - the Goth's did not drag people who had sought refuge in … Continue reading City of God, Book 2: Rome Deserved It!