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Augustine and P.G. Walsh

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687594

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687594.001.0001

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Commentary on Book III

Commentary on Book III

Chapter:
(p.187) Commentary on Book III
Source:
De Civitate Dei Books III and IV
Author(s):
P.G. Walsh
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856687594.003.0004

This chapter gives the commentary on Book III of Augustine's The City of God. It examines Augustine's View, which he has inherited from earlier Christian apologists, about the malignant demons that pose as the Roman gods. It also looks at Augustine's thesis on how Rome has suffered misfortunes throughout history, which the pagan deities did not or could not prevent. The chapter discusses how Augustine insists that God allots grace to all who are worthy of it, stating that the salvation provided by religion was never wanting to anyone who was worthy of it. It looks into Augustine's acceptance of the authorized version that Rome was founded from Troy, although it was more of a legend than history.

Keywords:   Augustine, The City of God, Book III, Christian apologists, pagan deities, salvation, malignant demons

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