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Augustine of Hippo’s The City of God Against the Pagans

1st Edition

By Jonathan D. Teubner

Macat Library

96 pages

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The City of God against the Pagans is a central text in the Western intellectual tradition. Made up of twenty-two lengthy books, Augustine wrote his masterpiece over a thirteen-year period during which the Western Roman Empire began to unravel. The first ten books are a critique of pagan religion and philosophy, while books eleven to twenty-two treat the relationship between the City of God and the Earthly City. Throughout Augustine conveys his mature vision of what it means for a Christian to live in a world with evil. Its arguments and ideas have provoked debate for nearly 1600 years, and remains a central text in the disciplines of theology, historiography, and political theory.

Table of Contents

Ways In to the Text

Who was Augustine of Hippo?

What does City of God Say?

Why does City of God Matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

About the Author

Dr Jonathan D. Teubner is Lecturer in Religious Studies and Associate Director of the Initiative on Religion, Politics and Conflict at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from Cambridge and was the Fernand Braudel Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire d’excellence - Religions et Sociétés dans le Monde Méditerranéen in Paris. Dr Teubner has published widely on the thought of Augustine of Hippo, including Prayer after Augustine: A Study in the Development of the Latin Tradition (Oxford University Press) in 2018.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Theology