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One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian philosophy, The City of God provides an insightful interpretation of the development of modern Western society and the origin of most Western thought. Contrasting earthly and heavenly cities--representing the omnipresent struggle between good and evil--Augustine explores human history in its relation to all eternity. In Thomas Merton's words, "The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints."

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is a complete and unabridged version of the Marcus Dods translation.


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So far I've read 300 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 300 pages (unless you want a Ancient Roman history lesson) and dive right into the Diamond of Christian theology that this is. An amazing read and piercing right to the soul of matters STILL relevant to today.more
Oh my word, this is a masterpiece. I had read his Confession years ago, but I wish I had read this first. I would have been more interesting in finding out about his life after reading this. It is rich in doctrine. After reading Greek/Roman Lives and all the conflict and stife, it was lovely to sit down with a man who knew God, the Word, and knew how superior God is to the Greek/Roman gods! It dovetailed so nicely with my time in the prophets this year too! So many things come from this book. If you want to understand Western Civilization, this book is a must read.more
I must be wierd. I liked City of God and read it straight through, but couldn't finish 'Confessions'.more
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So far I've read 300 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 300 pages (unless you want a Ancient Roman history lesson) and dive right into the Diamond of Christian theology that this is. An amazing read and piercing right to the soul of matters STILL relevant to today.more
Oh my word, this is a masterpiece. I had read his Confession years ago, but I wish I had read this first. I would have been more interesting in finding out about his life after reading this. It is rich in doctrine. After reading Greek/Roman Lives and all the conflict and stife, it was lovely to sit down with a man who knew God, the Word, and knew how superior God is to the Greek/Roman gods! It dovetailed so nicely with my time in the prophets this year too! So many things come from this book. If you want to understand Western Civilization, this book is a must read.more
I must be wierd. I liked City of God and read it straight through, but couldn't finish 'Confessions'.more
My goodness, what a difficult book. To some degree, it was a response to the fact that Rome was sacked by barbarians.more
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