"The City of God," by Saint Augustine of Hippo (Part 1/2)





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Published on Nov 6, 2019

In this first of two sessions hosted by the C.S. Lewis Society of California, Dr. Graham H. Walker discusses the landmark book, "The City of God," the highly influential work of Christian philosophy by Saint Augustine of Hippo (Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, 354-430 A.D.).

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First published in the first part of the 5th century A.D., this expansive theological work provided an articulate defense of Christianity against the claims that it led to the downfall of Rome in the years preceding its publication. It outlines a citizenship that goes beyond the worldly, the political, and the self-centered, instead focusing on a place where the inhabitants are devout, God-focused, and seeking grace. In examining history with a clear perception of good and evil, Augustine was in effect interpreting human actions in relation to eternity. He contrasts earthly and heavenly cities to great effect, in addition to inspecting pagan religions, Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle, and the Bible.

A monumental influence upon Augustine’s contemporaries, "The City of God" is today considered a seminal and foundational book of Christianity philosophy as the basis for Western Civilization itself. The book has established Augustine as one of the world's most important thinkers and a central Church Father of the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox Churches. "The City of God" further continues to resonate widely with both Christians and non-Christians in discussing the ideas and institutions of liberty, law and justice, civic virtue and human well-being.

This session focuses on the following sections of "The City of God:"

• Book V: Chapters 9-20 (especially Ch. 12-13) (Political virtues of pagan Rome)
• Book XI: Chapters 1, 4, 9-10, 16-18, 22-28 (Order of creation)
• Book XII: Chapters 1-8, 25-27 (Nature and vice)
• Book XIII: Chapters 1-5 (The fall of man)
• Book XIV: Chapters 1, 3-7, 11-15, 28 (especially Chapters 11-15, 28) (Human nature, love, will, dynamics of human fallenness)

Graham H. Walker is the Executive Director the Independent Institute.

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