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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Book X$
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Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688492

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688492.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Book X
P.G. Walsh, P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Book X of Augustine's The City of God, which talks about demons that are in part identical with the lesser gods or 'good angels'. It argues that to achieve the blessed life an individual must worship the one true God alone. It also introduces the Neoplatonist Plotinus and his doctrine of 'illumination', which symbolizes the Creator. The chapter analyzes the importance of sacrifice as a cardinal feature of worship and the concept of sacrifice directed towards the true God. It explains true sacrifice as a work of mercy undertaken for God's sake, of which by such works sacrifice is offered in individuals or in a community.

Keywords:   Book X, Augustine, The City of God, Neoplatonist Plotinus, illumination, sacrifice

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