The City of God (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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The City of God (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Saint Augustine
     
 

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The City of God addresses the thorny but perennially relevant issue of how Christians are to live in this world, while preparing for the next. Augustine presents us with a model of two cities; the City of Man based on human self-love and the City of God based on grace, humility, and religious toleration. He claims that those who make judgments on other people's…  See more details below

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The City of God addresses the thorny but perennially relevant issue of how Christians are to live in this world, while preparing for the next. Augustine presents us with a model of two cities; the City of Man based on human self-love and the City of God based on grace, humility, and religious toleration. He claims that those who make judgments on other people's faith distance themselves from the City of God.

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ISBN-13:
9780760779026
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
07/03/2006
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
1136
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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The City of God (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a nonbeliever, but I became aware of Augustine and Aquinas when taking Philosophy 100C and Philosophy of Religion at UCLA for my BA in Philosophy. What I enjoy most about Augustine in this work is that he often sounds very rational and open-minded, indeed, almost modern in his frank discussions of human behaviors. For example, he says things about sexuality that you might not expect a Doctor of the Church to say, like sex, being created by God, is not evil but it is lust which is sinful. This work also contains his famous quote about time 'If no one asks me what time is, I know. If someone asks me, I do not.' I suppose that is the mark of a great author, in that they transcend the times they live in and have something to say to all generations. At over 1000 pages, this book definitely requires a time committment on your part, but is certainly worth the investment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not let the atheist and secularist reviewers tell you that you don't need this, or any authoritative teaching. God wants to love us, but does that mean our fate is guaranteed? We can do nothing to win God's love, but we need to do everything to earnestly want God's love. The battle for a compassionate and God-loving heart cannot be won by you alone, but can never be lost by those who never cease to battle. Augustine will teach you this, and so much more. New to this? Despair not: "How late have I loved Thee..." the Saint laments. Savor the place where God has brought you and give thanks for having been preserved to this moment. A great book from a great mind and a great soul. You do need this book.
Quavadis More than 1 year ago
Preface and introduction essays are crucial to understanding this brilliant work, an exemplary work from the Church Fathers whose writings helped to unfold the teachings of the Church.
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