Political Writings

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Here in one concise volume is St. Augustine's brilliant analysis of where faith and politics meet - casting a penetrating light on Roman civilization, the coming Middle Ages, ecclesiastical politics, and some of the most powerful ideas in the Western tradition, including Augustine's famous "just war theory" and his timeless ideas of how men should live in society.
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Overview

Here in one concise volume is St. Augustine's brilliant analysis of where faith and politics meet - casting a penetrating light on Roman civilization, the coming Middle Ages, ecclesiastical politics, and some of the most powerful ideas in the Western tradition, including Augustine's famous "just war theory" and his timeless ideas of how men should live in society.
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If Augustine can be said to have had any concern for politics, it is because of the moral problems that politics poses for Christians, whose religion takes it for granted they will live as full-fledged citizens of the political society they belong to. This translation, which makes Augustine's moral and political views more accessible to English-speaking readers, includes selections from The City of God as well as lesser-known writings. With a brief chronology and an introduction by Boston College theology professor Ernest L. Fortin. Paper edition (unseen), $9.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872202115
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Introduction
Bibliographical Note
I Origins of Coercive Government
A Fallen Nature and the Two Cities 1
B The City of Man from Cain to Romulus 15
C True Justice: Not of This World 28
II The Rise and Fall of Nations
A An End to All Earthly Kingdoms 44
B Brief History of the Misfortunes of Pagan Rome 57
C God's Governance and Roman Political Virtue 88
III Securing the Peace of Babylon
A Empty Dreams and Reality 118
B Natural Law and Civil Right 153
C The "Just" War 162
IV Persecution of Heretics
A Early View: The Work of Bad Men 184
B Later View: Compel Them to Come In 190
C Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists 207
V Ecclesiastical Intercession in Civil Affairs
A Mercy for Heretics: Letters to Donatus and Marcellinus 241
B The Right of Priestly Intercession: An Exchange of Letters with Macedonius, Vicar of Africa 252
C Advice and Reproof for a Military Commander: Letters to Count Boniface 276
VI Captivity in Babylon
A Power to Crucify and Power to Release 292
B Subject unto the Higher Powers 305
C By the Waters of Babylon 317
App Dino Bigongiari: "The Political Ideas of St. Augustine" 343
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