This is a very brief, very informal review of a book I read more than a year ago. It is an excellent book, for what it is. Written in 2003, it is not a commentary on any current trends in scholarship, national politics, etc. There is no mention of hot issues like being 'woke', systemic … Continue reading Book Review: From Every People and Nation: a biblical theology of Race, by J. Daniel Hays
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
City of God, Book 10: Demon’s Pride
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
City of God, Book 8: Close, but no Cigar
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
City of God, Book 3: Who’s to Blame?
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?