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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 IV

Commentary on Book IV

(p.219) Commentary on Book IV
De Civitate Dei Books III and IV
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter gives the commentary on Book IV of Augustine's The City of God. It discusses the morality of military conquest, the gods to whom Roman successes are ascribed, and the prominence of abstract deities. It also analyses the role and traditional theme of suffering as a testing-ground for Christian commitment and explores the theme of the happiness of the person of modest means contrasted with the miseries of the man of power or great wealth. The chapter talks about Augustine's accusations against the educated pagans on how that they deliberately conceal their knowledge of history in the interests of anti-Christian polemic. It mentions Augustine's protégé, Orosius, who describes the sufferings and calamities of other civilisations before the Christian era.

Keywords:   Augustine, The City of God, Book IV, military conquest, educated pagans, Orosius, anti-Christian polemic

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