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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books I and XII$
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Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687525

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687525.001.0001

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Book Two

Book Two

(p.206) Book Two
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books I and XII
P. G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Book II of Augustine's City of God. It talks about Augustine's thoughts on faith, which demands an act of the will that transcends the purely intellectual faculty. It also looks at Edward Gibbon's expansion of the thesis on the fall of Rome in 410, which was attributable to the advance of Christianity and the prohibition of the traditional religion. The chapter discusses Augustine's obsession on the issue of blessings and calamities that visited indiscriminately on good and bad persons alike, emphasizing that God's judgements are inscrutable, but will become clear on Judgement Day. The chapter mentions that the meteoric rise of Christianity in Africa caused disgruntled pagans to blame the Christians for every public disaster or misfortune.

Keywords:   Augustine, City of God, Book II, Edward Gibbon, Christianity, traditional religion, Judgement Day, pagans

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