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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688546.001.0001

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(p.15) Book VIII
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

[1] We must now apply our minds much more intently than when we were disposing of earlier questions in the explanations in the previous books. We are not to discuss natural theology, as the term is, with any Tom, Dick, or Harry, for this is not the theology reflected in myth or in civic ritual – in other words, as portrayed in the theatre or as presented in the city. The first of these parades the wicked deeds of gods, and the second describes their still more wicked longings, showing that they are malevolent demons rather than deities. Our discussion is instead to be with philosophers, whose very name when rendered in Latin proclaims ...

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