Book 19, while one of my favorites so far, is long. Augustine begins this book by probing into the philosophical debates related to the Supreme Good and the Supreme Evil. "Our Final Good," Augustine defines, "is that for which other things are to be desired, while it is itself to be desired for its own … Continue reading City of God, Book 19: The Supreme Good.
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
In Book 18, Augustine takes up a history of "the earthly city" with was growing alongside the heavenly city. This society of mortal men, though men share a common nature, is divided against itself as "one part of it oppresses another." In the providence of God, some nations have "been entrusted with empire, while others … Continue reading City of God, Book 18: A Brief History of Nearly Everything
In Book 16, Augustine traced the development of the City of God from Noah to David. The bulk of Book 16 was devoted to Abraham with about two pages covering the entire history of the City of God from the birth of Moses up to the reign of David. Book 17 traces the history of … Continue reading City of God, Book 17: The Era of the Prophets
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