If you want to understand Western Civilization, this book is a must read. This is one of my favorite works. Yeah, I know you're skeptical, but here me out. I've begun my quest to read the basic works of western man beginning with Gilgamesh and in sequence reading through to the present.
It's a lifelong ambition. I've read most of the ancient works of some repute, including Roman histories from Greek and Roman historians.
Shortly after the first sack of Rome, Augustine wrote it not as an apology for the claim that Christianity was responsible for the decay of Rome, but as a defense against that allegation. He then summarizes the histories as recorded to show internal corruption, incompetence, immorality and the quest for wealth caused the decay - not Christianity. I read the same material he did! That's way cool!
I knew exactly what he was saying and with what facts he prosecuted his claim. Then he projected that even if the City of Rome were to fall, Christians can look forward ultimately to their City of God. A great book. So far I've read pages of how Rome was the best and worst place every but, its picking up unfortunately putting it down and reading something else for right now update Finished it and I would say skip the first pages unless you want a Ancient Roman history lesson and dive right into the Diamond of Christian theology that this is.
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Augustine: The City of God Against the Pagans
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See our disclaimer. This is the first new rendition for a generation of The City of God, the first major intellectual achievement of Latin Christianity and one of the classic texts of Western civilisation. When he began to write The City of God in , St. Augustine's intention was to defend the Christian Church against the charge of having brought about the Sack of Rome in Outgrowing this initial purpose, the work evolved into a detailed critique of the political and moral tradition of Rome and a synthesis of Platonism and Christianity which must stand as one of the most significant achievements in Western intellectual history.
Apart from its intrinsic interest the Christian account of social and political relations which Augustine gives was to furnish one of the most fertile sources of material for the controversial literature of the middle ages. Dyson has produced a complete, accurate, authoritative and fluent translation of The City of God, edited together with full biographical notes, a concise introduction, bibliographical note and chronology of Augustine's life.
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